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PTT (COVID-19) has been extended into 2023

Many schools have experienced workforce pressures as a result of staff returning positive COVID test results, and VIT acknowledges that this is likely to continue throughout 2023. 

The VIT is again supporting the Victorian government’s initiative to supply a pool of registered teachers for schools to access in order to cover workforce shortages due to COVID-19 illness or isolation requirements. Pre-service teachers in their final year of study at an accredited Victorian initial teacher education (ITE) program will be eligible to apply for Permission to Teach (PTT) (COVID-19 pre-service teacher workforce shortage relief).

This temporary grant of PTT will enable final year students to fill short-term vacancies in Victorian government and Catholic sector schools due to teacher absences caused by COVID-19 illness or isolation requirements. This grant will be available for the 2023 school year only.

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PTT (COVID-19 pre-service teacher DET workforce shortage relief) is not applicable to fill pastoral care or leadership positions, ongoing or fixed-term vacancies, short-term vacancies to cover family leave or long service leave, or general teaching vacancies managed through an employment agency.

PTT (COVID-19 pre-service teacher workforce shortage relief) applicants will be required to meet VIT’s rigorous suitability requirements and complete the Victorian government’s Mandatory Reporting training. 

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate they have appropriate content knowledge of the subject area/s they will be teaching. Additionally, those teaching in special school settings will be required to demonstrate professional and academic experience relevant to the role. 

PTT (COVID-19 pre-service teacher workforce shortage relief) cannot be used to undertake activities in pastoral care or leadership in a school. 

How can schools access the pool of registered teachers?

Victorian government schools can access the pool of registered teachers via the Department of Education and Training’s (DET’s) Recruitment online – recruiter help webpage. Catholic sector schools should contact Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) at permissiontoteach@macs.vic.edu.au

Can schools apply for PTT to cover for COVID-19 related vacancies?

PTT (COVID-19 pre-service teacher workforce shortage relief) applications can only be endorsed by DET or relevant Catholic Diocese, and only pre-service teachers in their final year of study at an accredited Victorian initial teacher education (ITE) program will be eligible to apply.

Schools with COVID-19 related vacancies should access the pool of final year PSTs granted PTT through DET or their relevant Catholic Diocese. The DET website contains recruitment guidelines for Victorian government schools.

Catholic sector schools may seek further information from Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) at permissiontoteach@macs.vic.edu.au.

How can pre-service teachers apply for PTT (COVID-19 pre-service teacher workforce shortage relief)?

Interested pre-service teachers in their final year of study at an accredited Victorian ITE program should submit an expression of interest (EOI) via DET’s recruitment website. Applicants can express interest in roles in Victorian government and/or Catholic sector schools through this website.

For assistance with the EOI process, please access the DET Applicant Help – Recruitment Online webpage.

Those deemed eligible by DET will invited by VIT to apply for PTT (COVID-19 pre-service teacher workforce shortage relief). Applicants who are granted PTT will be added to the pool of permission to teach holders for deployment to fill short-term vacancies due to COVID-19 related teacher absences in government and Catholic sector schools.

How long will the process take?

Most applications take between 4-6 weeks to assess once all documentation has been submitted. In some cases, applications may be assessed more quickly. 

The VIT recognises the urgency in creating a pool of registered teachers and will prioritise the assessment of PTT (COVID-19 pre-service teacher workforce shortage) applications.

The VIT is required to undertake aNationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) on behalf of the applicant. This can take time to be returned to VIT, at which time, the application will be assessed for suitability to teach. Assessment of suitability to teach includes consideration of criminal history, professional history, impairments, reportable conduct, and Working with Children (WWC) exclusions and interim exclusions (previously known as negative and interim negative notice) from Working with Children Check Victoria (WWCCV).

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