A significant decision concerning the relevance of a serious criminal offence (unrelated to teaching) to the suitability of a person to teach, was made by VCAT late last year.
Part of VIT’s role is to investigate the conduct, competence and fitness to teach of registered teachers, and whether a registered teacher’s ability to practice as a teacher or early childhood teacher is seriously affected because of an impairment.
The Victorian Institute of Teaching have entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority.
Like most businesses, COVID-19 has impacted the way the Victorian Institute of Teaching is conducting business.
VIT has been able to maintain delivery of its regulatory functions and keep phone lines open – albeit with some changes to our telephone numbers (as we are working away from the office).
The Minister for Education, the Hon. James Merlino, recently announced Excellence in Teacher Education reforms to attract and develop the best and brightest teachers to Victoria.
The Excellence in Teacher Education reforms are about selecting and supporting the best new entrants into Victorian teaching programs.
From 1 July 2017, the first phase of the Victorian Government’s reportable conduct scheme will commence. This will impact on the reporting duties of all teachers and early childhood teachers in response to all allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct.
VIT’s new function will focus on providing for the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.