Code of Conduct review discussion paper

20 SEPTEMBER 2019

It has been ten years since the Victorian Teaching Profession’s Code of Conduct (the Code) was developed in consultation with the teaching profession and implemented by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (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.

Since 2008, the Betrayal of Trust inquiry and Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have changed how teacher conduct is viewed and have made it important to review the Code in the contemporary context of community expectation of teachers.

VIT is currently undertaking a review of the Code and is seeking submissions from the community on a Discussion Paper PDF, 1638.72 KB.

The Code review commenced with a Professional Boundaries Workshop held in March 2019, which saw over 100 education stakeholders, including practicing teachers from a range of settings across all sectors, come together to explore the Code and share their feedback. Since then, VIT has facilitated a number of smaller, more targeted workshops with key stakeholder groups.

As part of the broader consultation process, VIT is seeking submissions from key education stakeholders and the wider community on the issues put forward in this discussion paper. The discussion paper includes a summary of the feedback from the Professional Boundaries workshop on the Principles of the Code as they currently stand, with prompting questions and dilemmas.

Written submissions responding to the issues, questions and dilemmas set out in this paper are invited until Friday 20 December 2019.

Members of the community are welcome to address all questions or only those of particular relevance or interest.

After reading the Discussion Paper PDF, 1638.72 KB, feedback can be shared by

For any questions about the Review or discussion paper, please contact VIT at codereview@vit.vic.edu.au.

VIT is looking forward to hearing the community’s thoughts, as we look to breathe new life into the Victorian Teaching Profession’s Code of Conduct.

Find out more about the progress of the Code Review.