Permission to Teach policy changes

11 AUGUST 2017

The VIT revised its Permission to Teach (PTT) policy after extensive consultation with the Victorian teaching profession, and we are pleased to advise the Minister for Education has approved the new 2017 PTT policy PDF, 341.44 KB

Stakeholder feedback from the education sector, schools and individuals currently holding VIT registration, indicated the previous policy was ambiguous; the new policy provides greater clarity about when a registered teacher must be employed and when PTT may be sought by a teacher and employer.

Central to the 2017 PTT policy is the principle that whenever a person is undertaking the duties of a teacher - such as delivering the curriculum, assessing student outcomes in an educational program and being responsible for a class - then that individual must hold teacher registration or permission to teach.


Key changes

  • circumstances where PTT applies are explicitly outlined
  • principles underlying PTT are now articulated
  • clear definitions of key terms such as educational program and curriculum are conveyed
  • the following categories of PTT will be discontinued via a transition process
    • PTT Casual Replacement Teacher (CRT)
    • PTT Generalist Primary

As part of the new policy implementation, VIT has developed a guide to assist employers and teachers seeking PTT registration. This will be communicated to schools and published on our website shortly.

We will also be communicating directly with those specifically affected by the changes.

The new 2017 Permission to Teach policy PDF, 341.44 KB comes into effect on 1 October 2017 and replaces the previous 2011 Permission to Teach policy.

Learn more about PTT including how and when you need to apply.