The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) is an independent statutory authority for the teaching profession, whose primary function is to regulate members of the teaching profession.
It is a legal requirement for all teachers and early childhood teachers to be registered with VIT in order to be employed in a school. VIT will only grant registration and allow registration to continue where a person is appropriately qualified and is fit to teach in schools or early childhood settings.
VIT was established by the Victorian Institute of Teaching Act 2001 on 18 December 2001. The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (ETRA) amalgamated all of the relevant education and training Acts (including the Victorian Institute of Teaching Act 2001) and was proclaimed 1 July 2007.
The Victorian Institute of Teaching continues in operation under and subject to ETRA (as amended).
In the conduct of its regulatory functions, VIT is bound by the Victorian Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (PDP Act) and the Health Records Act 2001 (HR Act) and therefore must comply with the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) and the Health Privacy Principles (HPPs). These govern the collection, use, handling and disclosure of personal and sensitive information and health information. Personal information is information that relates to an identifiable living person. Personal information may take many forms including images.