Code of Conduct review

19 JULY 2019

The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) is currently undertaking a review of the Victorian Teaching Profession’s Code of Conduct (the Code).

The Code promotes adherence to the values teachers see as underpinning their profession; provides a set of principles to guide teachers in their everyday conduct and assist them to solve ethical dilemmas; affirms public accountability of the teaching profession; and promotes public confidence in the teaching profession.

It is now ten years since the Victorian Teacher Codes of Ethics and Conduct (the Code) was developed in consultation with the teaching profession and implemented by VIT. The Code plays an important role in establishing a set of principles which describe the professional conduct, personal conduct and professional competence expected of all Victorian teachers by their colleagues and the community.

There have been a number of shifts in the educational landscape within the past 10 years that impact the application and contemporaneousness of the Code, including the welcome inclusion of early childhood teachers as a part of the registered teaching profession, the growth of social media and, the Betrayal of Trust inquiry and Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The intention of the review is not to rewrite the Code but rather to revise the Code in light of the changing educational landscape.

VIT understands the important role that rural and remote teachers play in our education system and understands the complexities of negotiating professional boundaries in the regional context. As such, we are inviting members of the education community, as well as students, parents and the broader community to attend a workshop to find out their views.

If you are interested in having your voice heard, but are unable to attend a workshop, a discussion paper has been released PDF, 1638.72 KB. Submissions are due 20 December 2019.

All workshops will run from 4.00pm to 5.30pm. The dates, venues and booking details for each workshop are outlined below.

Regional CentreVenueDateReserve your spot
Swan HillSwan Hill College
10-32 Pye St
Swan Hill 3585
14/08/19Swan Hill Code Review Workshop
MilduraMildura Primary School
1 San Mateo Ave
Mildura 3500
15/08/19Mildura Code Review Workshop
HorshamHorsham College
1 Baillie Street
Horsham 3400
21/08/19Horsham Code Review Workshop
GeelongGeelong High School
385 Ryrie St
East Geelong 3219
14/10/19Geelong Code Review Workshop
SaleCatholic College Sale
Pearson St
Sale VIC 3850
17/10/19Sale Code Review Workshop
Bendigo (FULL)Girton Grammar School
22 Vine St
Bendigo 3550
22/10/19Bendigo Code Review Workshop
WarrnamboolWarrnambool Special Development School
1 Hyland St
Warrnambool 3280
29/10/19Warrnambool Code Review Workshop
BallaratSt Columba's Primary School
1 Howard Street
Soldiers Hill  VIC  3350
31/10/19Ballarat Code Review Workshop
WangarattaSt Bernard’s Primary School
2-12 Williams Road
Wangaratta 3672
21/11/19Wangaratta Code Review Workshop

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact VIT on codereview@vit.vic.edu.au.

Find out more about the progress of the Code Review.