NameDate of decisionCase Type 
NameDate of decisionCase typeCase note
Zampatti, Daniel James14 July 2017

Serious Misconduct 

     The teacher failed to maintain a professional relationship with the student, including by having a sexual relationship with a student. The Panel concluded that the teacher had engaged in serious misconduct and was not fit to teach. 
The teacher’s registration was cancelled.

Nagashima, Yukihiro 21 August 2017

Serious Misconduct

 

Teacher found to have committed serious misconduct by inappropriate social media contact with a student - no criminal charges.
The teacher’s registration was suspended.
Decision PDF, 255.72 KB
Steele, George11 March 2015Serious Incompetence

Professional practice was substantially below that expected of a teacher and student learning and safety was compromised – no prospect of improvement.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 238.27 KB)

AHE-H12 October 2014Fitness to TeachTeacher convicted of indictable offences – last offence in 2009. The teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Fit to teach.
Decision(PDF, 75.05 KB)
Muthuthanthirige, Bandujeeva28 April 2014Fitness to TeachTeacher convicted of indictable offences. The Panel concluded that the offences raise serious questions about the teacher's character, reputation and conduct. Offences appear to be in part a result of a health issue.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.  
Decision (PDF, 93.95 KB)
In this decision précis certain elements of the Panel decision have been abridged at the request of the teacher, in order that his medical treatment is not adversely affected. The detail of conditions actually imposed by the Panel can be viewed by inspection of the public register.
Mr Muthuthanthirige fulfilled the conditions of the Panel's determination and the suspension of his registration was lifted on 28 October 2015.
Rodriguez, Javier6 March 2014Fitness to TeachConviction in County Court of an indictable offence involving  criminal conduct of a kind which raises serious questions about relationships the teacher might have with children in his care – isolated incident – little remorse or insight shown.
No determination (teacher not registered at date of finding).
Decision (PDF, 133.24 KB)
Kerstens, Kurt Peter11 November 2013Fitness to TeachConvicted of indictable offences unrelated to teaching duties. The majority of the Panel Members concluded that the teacher recognised the gravity of the situation, is remorseful and unlikely to reoffend. 
The majority of the Panel Members concluded the teacher was presently fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 72.57 KB)

Please note that this is a précis of the decision and reasons handed down on 11 November 2013. The decision and reasons are in this form in order to protect the interests of some witnesses.
 
The Panel was satisfied that Mr Kerstens fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the conditions on his registration were lifted on 11 December 2014.
SMMcF11 November 2013Fitness to Teach

Teacher convicted of indictable offences – a domestic matter unrelated to teaching duties. The Panel concluded that it was an isolated incident and that the teacher was remorseful and unlikely to reoffend.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 75.62 KB)

Makar, Maher15 October 2013Serious Incompetence

Professional practice substantially below that expected of a teacher and student learning was compromised. Mentoring and support did not achieve any sustained improvement – teacher lacked insight or understanding of areas of professional practice which needed improvement – no prospect of improvement.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 158.55 KB)

Ganser, Asha John24 July 2013Serious Misconduct

Multiple incidents of inappropriate conduct towards students. The teacher did not attend the hearing to defend or explain conduct.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 98.62 KB)

Pleydell, Craig John13 June 2013Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate texts and Facebook messages sent to students. The teacher lacked awareness of the harm caused to the students – teacher in a leadership position.
No determination (teacher not registered at date of finding).
Decision (PDF, 92.67 KB)

De Silva, Sandya Damayanthi24 May 2013Serious Incompetence

Teacher failed to engage with students over a long period. Mentoring and support did not achieve any improvement and student learning was detrimentally affected – no prospect of improvement.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 287.86 KB)

Mine, Aycha10 May 2013Fitness to Teach

Teacher's personal conduct had impacted on her professional standing and that of the teaching profession as a whole.
No determination (teacher not registered at date of finding).
Decision (PDF, 79.93 KB)

Tomasevic, Milan6 May 2013Serious Misconduct

Teacher's conduct, (including threats to kill) occurred over a long period of time and brought the profession into disrepute. No remorse or insight shown. The teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 113.89 KB)

RGA22 March 2013Fitness to Teach

Teacher convicted of indictable offences and the Panel concluded that there is little likelihood the teacher would re-offend.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 119.53 KB)

Davis, Colin Graeme5 March 2013Serious Misconduct

Teacher formed a sexual relationship with a female student and the Panel noted that the relationship went unnoticed by the school and only came to light when the student reported the matter as an adult. The Panel considered that there were salutary lessons for all schools in this case. The teacher failed to attend the hearing.
No determination (teacher not registered at date of finding).

Decision (PDF, 164.78 KB)

Please note that this is an edited version of the decision handed down on 5 March 2013. The decision is in this form to protect the identities of some individuals.

PJH1 March 2013Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate conduct towards female friend of the teacher's daughter – isolated incident – remorse and insight shown.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 134.36 KB)

Dellaportas, Carlos8 February 2013Fitness to Teach

Teacher found guilty of indictable offence – brought the profession into disrepute. No evidence of remorse or insight and the Panel concluded that the teacher's character was such that he should not be entrusted with a position of authority and influence. The teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 68.41 KB)

Hobbs, Christine Sally29 January 2013Serious Misconduct

Teacher was abusive and aggressive in a school setting requiring intervention by police to remove her from the school. The Panel noted it was an isolated instance.
Conditions imposed on registration.
Decision (PDF, 152.68 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Mrs Hobbs fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the conditions on her registration were lifted on 7 February 2014.

Pham, Tuyet Thi Bach17 December 2012Fitness to Teach

Teacher found guilty of indictable offence. Panel had no evidence of remorse and insight – the offence shows serious flaws in character. The teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration suspended to 30 June 2013 and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 80.99 KB)

NJP3 December 2012Fitness to Teach

Teacher on a charge of stalking in 2011 – no conviction recorded – teacher showed insight and remorse.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 78.69 KB)

Mincic, Vera30 November 2012Serious Incompetence

Failure to exercise appropriate classroom management, effectively communicate with students and appropriately assess student work – did not treat colleagues with courtesy and respect.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 118.57 KB)

Connell, Gavan Michael10 October 2012Serious Misconduct

Accessed pornography on school supplied laptop and students were able to access these images – had the potential to bring the profession as a whole into disrepute. Teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration cancelled.
Decision

Bryant, Abbey Megan3 October 2012Serious Misconduct

Teacher involved in an unprofessional relationship with a male student – breached the professional standards of the teaching profession. The teacher attended the hearing and showed insight and remorse and had taken steps to address the behaviour.
The Panel issued a reprimand.
Decision (PDF, 94.01 KB)

LJB2 October 2012Fitness to Teach

Teacher convicted of a number of indictable offences. The Panel was satisfied that the offences occurred in the context of significant personal issues, were not principally committed for financial gain and the conduct was unlikely to be repeated. The teacher showed insight and remorse and had undertaken treatment.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 82.46 KB)

Fiford, James Richard Michael20 September 2012Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate texts sent to a student – teacher's conduct reflected attitudes inconsistent with the moral qualities required of a teacher.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 121.17 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Mr Fiford fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the suspension of his registration was lifted on 1 May 2013.

Chappell, Peter10 September 2012Fitness to Teach

Multiple breaches of Intervention order between September 2005 and October 2006 – custodial sentence – no further offences since 2006. The Panel thought it likely the teacher would re-offend, but concluded the teacher's state of mind and professional clarity demonstrated that he was not of appropriate character and therefore not fit to teach.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 112.43 KB)

PRBF1 August 2012Fitness to Teach

Teacher convicted of passport related offences – Panel satisfied that the offences occurred as an act of bravado – no financial gain. The Panel concluded that the teacher showed insight and remorse and the conduct was unlikely to be repeated.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 52.45 KB)

SJK24 July 2012Fitness to Teach

Teacher found guilty of criminal offences that occurred in 2007-2008 – related to falsifying medical certificates. Teacher demonstrated insight and outlined steps taken to address the issue and the Panel considered it unlikely that the teacher would reoffend.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 69.53 KB)

BKP13 July 2012Fitness to Teach

Teacher guilty of assault in 2009 – placed on a good behaviour bond and no conviction recorded – the teacher showed insight.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 49.79 KB)

Runciman, David13 July 2012Fitness to Teach

Teacher found guilty of a serious offence which would tend to bring the profession into disrepute. The Panel accepted that the teacher showed some insight but concluded that the teacher is not presently fit to teach.         
No determination (teacher not registered at date of finding).
Decision (PDF, 69.42 KB)

AZ30 June 2012Fitness to Teach

Teacher charged with criminal assault arising from a domestic dispute – single incident not connected with teaching – teacher expressed remorse and showed insight into the behaviour.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 65.03 KB)

Lont, Simon Christopher30 April 2012Serious Misconduct

Unprofessional relationship with a female student – a single episode of inappropriate communications – breached the professional standards of the teaching profession. Teacher was remorseful and had undertaken counselling. The Panel observed that the teaching profession needs to be ever mindful of the implications and perils of using social media in its interactions with students.
No determination (teacher not registered at date of finding).
Decision (PDF, 78.16 KB)

Thompson, Steven Robert16 April 2012Serious Misconduct

Teacher accessed pornography on a school supplied laptop. Teacher declined to appear before the Panel and did not contest the allegations or provide any mitigating circumstances. Panel noted that the personal conduct of a teacher will have an impact on the professional standing of the teacher and the profession and risks bringing the profession as a whole into disrepute.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 75.15 KB)

Anderson, Chad Andrew12 March 2012Serious Misconduct

Unprofessional relationship with a female student – persistent and inappropriate communications by text messaging – breach of the professional standards of the teaching profession and the Code of Conduct.  The teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration cancelled.
Decision

KT31 January 2012Fitness to Teach

Teacher found guilty of indictable offence – assault in a domestic situation. No conviction recorded and the teacher complied with court requirements – single offence – likelihood of repeat behaviour very low.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 79.49 KB)

Taylor (Coppock) Belinda Maree25 January 2012Serious Misconduct

Teacher found guilty of falsifying medical certificates. Panel satisfied there was remorse and insight – an isolated incident, out of character and unlikely to be repeated.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 73.62 KB)

GJB16 January 2012Fitness to Teach

Teacher found guilty of indictable offence – indecent assault in 1988 – late complaint by former student. Panel satisfied there was remorse and insight–- isolated incident, out of character, unlikely to be repeated.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 65.19 KB)

Hausler, Shayne Robert31 August 2011Serious Misconduct

Aggressive, intimidatory, disrespectful and failed to demonstrate collegiality and courtesy to colleagues. Failed to provide adequate learning opportunities to students and failed to deliver the required curriculum. No evidence to suggest a change in behaviour – lack of insight and remorse – approach to teaching and colleagues irretrievably and profoundly flawed.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 243.55 KB)

Lee, Yen-Qing27 July 2011Serious Incompetence

Failed to engage students and impart knowledge – inappropriate classroom management - failed to plan and prepare lessons and monitor and maintain records – behaviour continuous and persistent across all areas of work – teaching practice deeply flawed but not irretrievable.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 256.01 KB)

The suspension of Mr Lee's registration was lifted with effect from 27 January 2012.  Mr Lee's registration remains subject to the conditions of the Panel's determination dated 27 July 2011.

Angerer, Siegfried-Erich18 July 2011Serious Misconduct

Failed to treat colleagues and students with courtesy and respect – no insight into professional knowledge and practice – behaviour brought disrepute to the profession and placed young people at risk – a substantial departure from educational standards.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 181.42 KB)

Singh, Bhupinder8 April 2011Serious Misconduct

Unprofessional relationship with a female student – persistent in inappropriate communications – breached the professional standards of the teaching profession. Teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 72.63 KB)

Stanley, Oliver Graeme14 February 2011Serious Misconduct

Teacher found guilty of indictable offence – make threat to kill – and also failed to treat colleagues with courtesy and respect – using inappropriate language, making inappropriate verbal threats and physically assaulting colleagues. Teacher demonstrated remorse and willingness to undertake counselling.
No determination (teacher not registered at date of finding).
Orders (PDF, 64.74 KB)

Decision (PDF, 78.7 KB)

De Wilde, Gene4 February 2011Fitness to Teach

Teacher convicted of indictable offence of intentionally causing serious injury – undertaken counselling and demonstrated insight.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 88.58 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Mr De Wilde fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the suspension of his registration was lifted on 5 December 2011.

Ham, Irene Rosemary8 December 2010Serious Incompetence

Failed to adequately plan, structure and prepare lessons; supervise and create a safe environment and cater for special needs students. Failed to demonstrate collegiality. Teacher showed insight and undertook retraining and professional development.
Conditions imposed on registration.
Decision (PDF, 183.93 KB)

Connor, Raymond Thomas24 November 2010Serious Misconduct

Unprofessional relationship with female students – failed to treat students with courtesy and dignity – failed to follow warning and direction of Principal – persistent pattern of behaviour of many years – no real understanding of impact on students – no remorse.
Registration cancelled.
Orders (PDF, 23.88 KB)

Decision (PDF, 78.23 KB)

Please note that this is a précis of the decision handed down on 24 November 2010. The decision is in this form to protect the interests of some witnesses.

Wilkin, Christopher Wayne26 August 2010Serious Misconduct

Physical contact with students – limited insight into conduct and impact on others – blame others for his behaviour – lack of professional credibility.
Registration cancelled.
Orders   (PDF, 29.58 KB)
Decision (PDF, 98.91 KB)

ACS2 August 2010Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate comments to female students – lapse of judgment – momentary aberration in a 25 year teaching career.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 71.12 KB)

Gregson, Ainsley Greer14 July 2010Serious Misconduct

Unprofessional relationship with a student – drinking to excess with students – role of teacher not to be a friend – personal development required.
Registration cancelled.
Orders   (PDF, 30.51 KB)
Decision (PDF, 67.37 KB)

Wolf, Edward4 June 2010Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate comments to students and inappropriate classroom management. Conduct a breach of trust, continuing and persistent and showed a lack of understanding of appropriate discipline practice – lack of remorse.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 146.52 KB)

Livingston, Martin John7 May 2010Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate contact with female students – teacher exploited position of privilege and trust – behaviour to detriment of students and reputation of teaching profession.
Registration cancelled.
Orders  (PDF, 39.51 KB)

Decision (PDF, 72.24 KB)

Please note that this is a précis of the decision handed down on 7 May 2010. The decision is in this form to protect the interests of some witnesses.

GDG30 April 2010Fitness to Teach

Teacher found guilty of indictable offences committed over a short period – teacher co-accused and not principal offender – teacher has shown remorse.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 119.32 KB)

Shea, Peter Melvin7 April 2010Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate comments to students. Conduct showed a lack of classroom management skills and a breach of trust.  Behaviour crossed the teacher/student boundary – lack of insight.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 81.88 KB)

Sutton, Tara Kate4 March 2010Fitness to Teach

Teacher found guilty of traffic, cultivate, possess and use of cannabis. The teacher has shown insight and remorse – teacher addicted to cannabis and is receiving treatment.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 73.6 KB)

Tarascio, Carmelo18 December 2009Serious Misconduct

Teacher lied about his reason for sick leave to the school and the doctor providing a medical certificate – departure from standards of the teaching profession – behaviour calculated and deceitful.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 134.54 KB)

The panel was satisfied that Mr Tarascio fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the suspension of his registration with effect from 9 September 2010.

Neville, Steven James16 December 2009Serious Misconduct

Teacher failed to comply with conditions imposed by Panel. Teacher did not provide a schedule of payments to repay the court's compensation order as necessary to comply with all conditions.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 82.09 KB)

Gordon, Robyn Christine20 November 2009Serious Incompetence

Failed to engage and communicate effectively with students. Teaching practice of a lesser standard than expected by peers – incompetence over an extended period.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 108.15 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Ms Gordon fulfilled conditions (1), (2) and (3) of the determination and the suspension of her registration was lifted with effect from 14 January 2011. Condition (6) remains on Ms Gordon's registration.

Rolfe, Douglas Gavin6 November 2009Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate communication via email and letters to a student – failed to recognise and maintain distinction between pastoral care and counselling – transgressed professional boundaries.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 69.04 KB)

Please note that this is a précis of the decision handed down on 6 November 2009. The decision is in this form to protect the interests of some witnesses.
The panel was satisfied that Mr Rolfe fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the suspension of his registration was lifted with effect from 17 May 2010.

DRH27 October 2009Fitness to Teach

Conviction for the indictable offence of blackmail – hearing adjourned for 12 months. Teacher attended counselling sessions and has undergone personal and professional growth.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 137.5 KB)

Contessotto, Martin John24 August 2009Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate communication via text messaging – inappropriate conversations and physical conduct with a student- no understanding of professional boundaries – exploit position of power and trust.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 105.28 KB)

Murray, Leigh Brian17 July 2009Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate communication and contact with a female student – lack of personal and professional insight and lack of understanding of teacher-student boundaries – lack of  insight into his behaviour and its effects on students.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 202.46 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Mr Murray fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the suspension of his registration was lifted with effect from 12 October 2010.

Crawley, Anthony Gerard17 June 2009Serious Misconduct

Teacher failed to comply with conditions imposed by Panel – did not undertake counselling or provide report before deadline – did not demonstrate any intention of complying.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 84.11 KB)

Moran, Peter John20 May 2009Serious Misconduct

Teacher failed to comply with condition imposed by Panel – did not attend the course nominated by the Institute and indicated no intention of undertaking nominated course.
Registration suspended.
Decision (PDF, 93.65 KB)

The suspension of Mr Moran's registration was lifted with effect from 31 December 2010.

Toy, Benjamin Andrew16 April 2009Serious Misconduct

Teacher failed to comply with conditions imposed by Panel – did not undertake counselling or provide report by deadline and no likelihood of teacher complying with condition in foreseeable future.
Registration suspended.
Decision (PDF, 93.91 KB)

The suspension of Mr Toy's registration was lifted with effect from 31 December 2010.

Giuleri, Wayne Anthony23 March 2009Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate physical contact with a female student 24 years ago - behaviour of teacher then inappropriate and amounts to serious misconduct - teacher in 2009 did not pose a threat to the public.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 117.22 KB)

Janse Van Vuuren, Stephanus Petrus17 February 2009Serious Misconduct

Teacher convicted of 'up-skirting'. Teacher was remorseful and has undertaken treatment program – no medical or psychological evidence that teacher would not reoffend.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 78.05 KB)

Hickey, Alfred Angelo16 February 2009Fitness to Teach

Teacher failed to acknowledge his inability to adhere to school guidelines and reporting tasks – failed to recognise his failures were symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 182.61 KB)

Heley, Matthew Walter Graeme10 February 2009Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate communication and contact with female students and allowed students to develop an emotional dependency on him. Failed to recognise professional boundaries - abuse of power relationship.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 265.9 KB)

McGrath, Bradley John5 February 2009Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate communication via text messaging a student – abused his power and authority - lack of understanding of appropriate boundaries between teacher and student and lack of knowledge of ethical responsibility.
Conditions imposed on registration.
Orders   (PDF, 28.81 KB)
Decision (PDF, 121.01 KB)

Please note that this is a précis of the decision handed down on 5 February 2009. The decision is in this form to protect the interests of some witnesses.
The Panel was satisfied that Mr McGrath fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the conditions on his registration were lifted on 12 May 2010.

Taylor, Adrian
(Formerly Laragy, Adrian)
14 January 2009Serious MisconductThe teacher applied for a review of the VIT Hearing Panel's decision to the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal ('VCAT'). The Panel's decision included a finding of serious misconduct and not fit to teach and a determination to cancel the teacher's registration. In a decision handed down on 15 December 2009, the VCAT found the teacher had engaged in serious misconduct. It ordered that the decision of the Panel dated 14 January 2009 be set aside and the teacher's registration be suspended until 14 January 2011. Five conditions were placed on the teacher's suspension and reinstatement set out in VCAT's orders. View a copy of VCAT's decision
Van Den Brink, Linda Frances11 December 2008Fitness to Teach

Guilty of indictable offences – teacher diagnosed with a personality disorder, kleptomania and attention deficit disorder – offences related to illness and stress and no guarantee that teacher will not reoffend.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 99.95 KB)

SWS28 November 2008Serious Misconduct

Personal comments and SMS messages to students – inappropriate SMS messages to a student – serious lapse of judgement by teacher – a momentary aberration in a 16-year career.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 95.3 KB)

Hook, Carly Marie29 October 2008Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with a student. Student stayed overnight in teacher's home – teacher had sexual intercourse with student post VCE exams but prior to 31 December 2005. Lack of understanding and insight into conduct.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 160.61 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Ms Hook fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the suspension of her registration was lifted on 11 March 2009.

Larsen, Neil Douglas29 October 2008Serious Incompetence

Failure to effectively plan, assess and submit reports. Repeated failures to comply with assessment and reporting impacted on imparting knowledge to students.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 106.32 KB)

Webber, Tania27 October 2008Serious Incompetence

Teacher lacked ability to engage students and failed to adequately supervise students – failed to effectively provide, teach and assess the required curriculum and unable to provide a safe learning environment. Teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration suspended.
Decision (PDF, 173.88 KB)

RJS21 October 2008Serious Incompetence

Failure to provide a safe environment and to supervise and discipline students – issues arose as teacher could not or would not implement the school's student management policy. Conduct occurred over a short period and was not continuing and persistent
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 133.16 KB)

Brochard, Renai Gladys
(Registered as Rossi, Ginetta)
1 October 2008Registration obtained by Fraud

Supplied documents in support of the application. Convicted of indictable offences resulting from her fraudulent application and registration as a teacher -should not be registered as a teacher as she is not qualified.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 106.9 KB)

Toy, Benjamin Andrew15 September 2008Serious Misconduct

Teacher's laptop computer contained pornographic movies which were downloaded at school and could have been accessed by staff and students at the school - teacher's behaviour was a gross failure of his professional responsibilities – genuine contrition and remorse.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 112.94 KB)

Crawley, Anthony Gerard9 September 2008Fitness to Teach

Finding of guilt for Indictable offence. Teacher has undertaken counselling and demonstrated remorse.
Conditions imposed on registration.
Decision (PDF, 94.63 KB)

Strahan, Julie Elizabeth29 August 2008Serious Misconduct

Aggressive, unprofessional, intimidating behaviour and failure to demonstrate collegiality – teacher lacked personal insight and understanding of role and responsibility of a teacher.
Registration suspended.
Decision (PDF, 154.72 KB)

Neville, Steven James14 August 2008Serious Misconduct

Teacher guilty of theft and burglary from school. Teacher showed remorse, but needs to develop a deeper understanding of legal responsibilities of a teacher.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 105.28 KB)

Kehagias, David Jonathan23 July 2008Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate communication and physical contact with female student – abuse of trust – lack of understanding of power imbalance.
Registration suspended.
Orders  (PDF, 28.46 KB)
Decision (PDF, 168.92 KB)

Grady, Sean David21 July 2008Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate communication and physical contact with female students. Lack of understanding of nature of trust and power relationships – genuine remorse and a degree of insight.
Registration suspended.
Decision (PDF, 108.06 KB)

Nolan, Warwick John20 May 2008Serious Misconduct

Teacher's laptop computer contained images of child pornography and his school desktop computer contained graphic and violent images of pornography which were transferred to school server. Serious departure from standards of teaching practice.
Registration cancelled.
Decision

Dore, Gavin Frederick21 April 2008Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate text messages to student – teacher admitted misconduct and has shown remorse – lacking necessary depth of insight into behaviour and understanding of professional boundaries.
Registration suspended.
Decision (PDF, 212.34 KB)

LMH24 January 2008Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate conversations and language with students and inappropriate relationship with a student. Teacher demonstrated remorse and personal and professional learning.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 234.4 KB)

Roche, Suzanne4 January 2008Serious Misconduct

Unprofessional and inappropriate relationship with a student – failed to maintain objectivity and breached the professional standards of the teaching profession and the Code of Conduct. Teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration cancelled.
Orders  (PDF, 29.54 KB)
Decision (PDF, 370.2 KB)

Drakeford, Peter Melvin18 December 2007Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with student – phone calls, gifts and unauthorised outings – teacher to undertake counselling – demonstrates insight and remorse.
Conditions to be imposed if granted registration.
Decision (PDF, 130.96 KB)

Mortyn, Alistair Donald15 November 2007Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate communication with students – abuse of trust and authority – lack of insight into behaviour and consequences of behaviour and lack of genuine remorse.
Registration cancelled.
Orders  (PDF, 30.09 KB)
Decision (PDF, 135.46 KB)

Prodromou, Maria12 November 2007Serious Misconduct

Misappropriation of school funds – indictable offences of obtaining property by deception – breach of professional trust and lack of remorse. Teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 108.47 KB)

Sutton, Katherine May24 September 2007Serious Misconduct

Teacher provided fraudulent medical certificates – guilty of obtaining financial advantage by deception. Teacher showed remorse and understanding of standards of the teaching profession.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 105.95 KB)

Mills, Kenneth17 September 2007Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate text messages to student. Teacher admitted misconduct and demonstrated remorse, insight and understanding of boundaries.
Conditions imposed conditions on registration.
Orders  (PDF, 27.49 KB)

Decision (PDF, 110.35 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Mr Mills fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the conditions on his registration were lifted on 9 April 2008.

Hocking, Kenneth William3 September 2007Serious Incompetence

Failed to effectively teach, engage and supervise students and maintain acceptable student behaviour. Teacher failed to benefit from support provided and failed to maintain the standards of the teaching profession.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 135.06 KB)

JER5 August 2007Serious Misconduct

Offensive language and lack of courtesy to students and teachers - limited remorse.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 140.49 KB)

SMN6 June 2007Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate professional behaviour – physical contact with students. Incidents did not show a pattern of behaviour that demonstrated serious misconduct or unfitness to teach.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 109.59 KB)

Wescott, Terrence James14 May 2007Serious Misconduct

Conviction for possession of child pornography overturned by County Court. Teacher accessed pornographic images of young people – substantial departure from standards of teaching profession. Teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 113.2 KB)

Hessler, William Blair9 May 2007Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with student – kissing and touching a female student – abuse of power and trust and no genuine remorse.
Registration cancelled.
Orders  (PDF, 28.75 KB)
Decision (PDF, 142 KB)

Conway, Matthew Paul30 April 2007Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with a student – text messages contained familiar and sexual comments and sent late at night – disregarded advice and direction of Principal and lacked personal insight – lack of professional judgement and remorse.
Registration cancelled.
Orders  (PDF, 30.65 KB)
Decision (PDF, 158.04 KB)

Walter, Karin Elizabeth30 April 2007Serious Incompetence

Inexperienced teacher – classroom management and discipline problems. Teacher has insight into problems of professional practice.
Conditions imposed on registration.
Decision (PDF, 149.43 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Ms Walter fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the conditions on her registration were lifted on 25 September 2008.

Baker, Courtenay Peter Charles20 February 2007Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with student – teacher sent emails and MSN messages containing sexual comments – gave student presents. Teacher continued to email and send MSN messages after being told by Principal to stop contacting student.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 134.46 KB)

Smith, Craig William1 February 2007Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with student – touching, kissing and SMS texting including messages about 'crossing boundaries' – meeting student outside school grounds – another student affected by the relationship.
Conditions imposed conditions on registration.
Decision (PDF, 151.25 KB)

Teacher provided a report from treating psychologist – report addressed the 10 issues set out in the decision. Panel satisfied teacher met the conditions of decision.

Sargsyan, Vahe1 February 2007Serious Misconduct

Teacher working as a private tutor – developed inappropriate relationship with the student – SMS text messages with sexual implications.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 126.09 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Mr Sargsyan fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the suspension of his registration was lifted on 6 February 2008.

Atkin, Bill John11 January 2007Serious Misconduct

Teacher failed to comply with condition imposed by Panel. Teacher suffering from depression – did not seek treatment from psychologist as required.
Conditions imposed on registration.
Decision (PDF, 101.31 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Mr Atkin fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the conditions on his registration were lifted on 27 June 2007.

Watts, John Adrian13 December 2006Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with student that commenced in 1980 and continued for many years. For the last 25 years teacher had successful, unblemished career – a highly respected teacher.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 139.26 KB)

Robinson, Grant Kenneth2 November 2006Serious Misconduct

Medical certificate fraud – found guilty of indictable offences. Teacher demonstrated understanding and commitment to maintain proper standards as a member of the teaching profession.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 120.65 KB)

Eyre, George Frederick19 September 2006Serious Misconduct

Charge of indecent assault against a child dismissed by Magistrate – teacher took a 14-year-old child for a drive in his van – frightened the girl. Teacher did not understand the implications of his actions – substantial departure from the standards of the teaching profession.
Registration cancelled.
Orders  (PDF, 27.91 KB)
Decision (PDF, 123.18 KB)

O'Hara, Michael1 September 2006Fitness to Teach

Convicted of an indictable offence – conviction affects the teacher's professional standing – teacher failed to show integrity and honesty. The teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 108.06 KB)

The teacher applied for a review of the VIT Hearing Panel's decision to the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal ('VCAT'). In a decision handed down on 13 September 2007, the VCAT affirmed the decision to cancel the teacher's registration due to his lack of fitness to teach. View a copy of VCAT's decision

Porqueddu, Alexander30 August 2006Serious Misconduct

Grooming and inappropriate relationship with a Year 12 student. Teacher had received advice and counselling and persisted with his behaviour – persistent and sustained conduct – betrayal of student's trust.  Teacher failed to attend the hearing.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 149.08 KB)

Henderson, Gregory Ronald19 July 2006Serious Misconduct

Teacher's conduct of concern in three schools – inappropriate conversations of a sexual nature with students and inappropriate material of a sexual nature used in classroom. The teacher misrepresented his qualifications to the schools.
Registration cancelled.
Orders  (PDF, 30.21 KB)
Decision (PDF, 150.65 KB)

Frampton, Nicholas Andrew7 July 2006Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate communications with two students – emails and MSN conversations with sexual connotations - teacher admitted allegations.
Registration cancelled.
Orders  (PDF, 28.25 KB)
Decision (PDF, 154.79 KB)

Buhagiar, Paul24 May 2006Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate physical contact with students and inappropriate comments to students – students avoided contact with the teacher. Teacher lacked personal and professional insight.
 Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 417.79 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Mr Buhagiar fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the conditions on his registration were lifted on 1 December 2006.

Snow, Stephen John17 May 2006Serious Incompetence

Teacher did not have adequate teaching, communication or organisational skills. Teacher provided with extensive support over six years – failed to improve – performance a serious departure from accepted standards.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 325.34 KB)

Moran, Peter John21 March 2006Serious MisconductThe teacher applied for a review of the VIT Hearing Panel's decision to the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal ('VCAT'). The Panel's decision (PDF, 88.33 KB)  included a finding of serious misconduct and a determination to cancel the teacher's registration. In a decision handed down on 31 July 2007, the VCAT found the teacher had been seriously incompetent. It ordered that the decision of the Panel dated 21 March 2006 be set aside and the teacher's registration be suspended until 1 January 2008. As a condition of this order, the teacher must attend, at his own cost, such courses on professional development and student discipline as are nominated by the VIT. View a copy of VCAT's decision
PJB13 March 2006Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate comments to students – lack of insight into effect of behaviour and comments on students.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 147.59 KB)

Deayton, Stuart Lindsay10 February 2006Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with student – text messaging – telephone contact – meeting student outside school – meeting student alone – no insight shown by teacher.
Registration cancelled.
Orders  (PDF, 30.03 KB)
Decision (PDF, 182.96 KB)

Campbell, Belinda24 January 2006Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with student – socialising – text messaging and telephone contact - some insight shown by teacher.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Decision (PDF, 85.85 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Ms Campbell fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the suspension of her registration was lifted on 7 March 2007.

Atkin, Bill John23 December 2005Fitness to Teach

Convicted indictable offence theft – theft from club attached to school – made restitution – depression – receiving treatment – gambling problem – insight and remorse.
Conditions imposed on registration.
Decision (PDF, 88.58 KB)

Jackson, Michael Alexander18 November 2005Serious Misconduct

Communication with 15-year-old female in chat room – student at another school – student stayed overnight without parent's permission – inappropriate relationship – breach of trust – exploitation of position as a teacher.
Registration suspended and conditions imposed.
Orders (PDF, 28.47 KB) 

Decision (PDF, 82.05 KB)

The Panel was satisfied that Mr Jackson fulfilled the conditions of the determination and the suspension of his registration was lifted on 16 March 2006.

AK17 October 2005Serious Misconduct

Related to events more than 20 years ago – sexual relationship after student left school. At school, teacher made comments about student's appearance, wrote affectionate, had lunch with student – no evidence that teacher had groomed student while at school.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 88.36 KB)

Fairley, Grant Adrian16 September 2005Fitness to Teach

Convicted of an indictable offence – term of imprisonment – breach of professional standards – mitigating factors. Teacher demonstrated shame, remorse and insight into seriousness of conduct.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 90.92 KB)

Brookel, Jennifer Christine1 September 2005Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate comment to student with an intellectual disability – allowing students to swear – holding out of school function with students without Principal's permission – new teacher transgressed professional standards.
Conditions to be imposed if granted registration.
Decision (PDF, 92.18 KB)

Misell, David24 August 2005Fitness to Teach

Convicted of indictable offence of soliciting secret commission – teacher received money from student for higher marks – breach of professional standards – not of good character – lack of insight and limited remorse.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 69.87 KB)

LKT20 July 2005Fitness to Teach

Guilty of an  indictable offence – theft from school – bipolar illness – receiving treatment – gambling problem – insight and remorse.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 37.46 KB)

Curov, Edward Zinovy15 July 2005Serious Misconduct

Sexual relationship with student – numerous telephone calls – inappropriate comments in classroom – betrayal of vulnerable student – exploitation of position of power.
Registration cancelled.
Orders  (PDF, 27.76 KB)
Decision (PDF, 115.25 KB)

Norman, Stuart James6 July 2005Serious Misconduct

Comments of personal and sexual nature to students – contact with students in chat rooms – touching female students – abuse of trust of school community – abuse of power over students.
Registration cancelled.
Orders (PDF, 28.93 KB)
Decision  (PDF, 130.46 KB) 

Papageorgiou, Peter26 May 2005Serious Misconduct

Guilty of indictable offence – theft from school – lack of insight into seriousness of offence – superficial remorse.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 59.56 KB)

Brown, Glynn28 April 2005Serious Incompetence

Classroom management and discipline issues – curriculum planning and preparation – failed to follow VCE guidelines. Inexperienced teacher – failed to take advantage of support offered – lacked insight into problems with professional practice.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 65.2 KB)

JS12 April 2005Serious Misconduct

Guilty of indictable offence – cultivate, possess, use marijuana. Mitigating factors – treatment, insight and remorse.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 22.45 KB)

Zineder, Suzanne9 March 2005Serious Misconduct

Convicted of indictable offence – theft from education organisation – gambling problem – received treatment. In a position of trust and a substantial departure from acceptable standards.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 42.03 KB)

AED3 March 2005Fitness to Teach

Guilty of indictable offences – drug and property offences – receiving treatment – insight and remorse.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 39.47 KB)

PAL24 February 2005Fitness to Teach

Guilty of indictable offence – stalking – depression – receiving treatment – insight and remorse.
Fit to teach.
Decision  (PDF, 54.8 KB)
Corrigen (PDF, 6.85 KB)

RAM22 February 2005Serious Incompetence

Inexperienced teacher – ill health – resigned from the Victorian Institute of Teaching – incompetence caused by ill health.
No determination (teacher not registered at date of finding).
Decision (PDF, 26.12 KB)

GS11 February 2005Serious Misconduct

Teacher touched female student and made ambiguous comments to students – professional boundaries. Lack of insight – inappropriate professional conduct.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 65.7 KB)

Alleri, Michelle Ines21 January 2005Serious Misconduct

Sexual relationship with student – text message and phone calls to student – professional boundaries – transgress professional standards.
Registration cancelled.
Orders   (PDF, 27.57 KB)

Decision (PDF, 57.65 KB)

Nash, Katherine Laura24 December 2004Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with student – telephone, MSN, email messages to student – birthday present for student – breach of trust, abuse of power – no insight.
Registration cancelled.
Orders   (PDF, 27.85 KB)

Decision (PDF, 73.9 KB)

GJI24 December 2004Fitness to Teach

Findings of guilt and convictions for indictable offences stalking – breach order – depression – insight and remorse.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 50.71 KB)

Davidson, Anthony William27 October 2004Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with student – serious misconduct - suspension from teaching until 1 January 2008 - Decision of the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) overturning an earlier decision of a VIT Hearing Panel to cancel the teacher’s registration. View a copy of VCAT's decision handed down on 30 May 2007.

The Hearing Panel's decision dated 27 October 2004 can be viewed here as a PDF link  (PDF, 96.52 KB) however this decision of the Hearing Panel was set aside by, VCAT and has no effect.
Ingram, Chad25 October 2004Serious Misconduct

Guilty of medical certificate fraud – teacher demonstrated insight and remorse.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 63.33 KB)

AC12 October 2004Fitness to Teach

Guilty of indictable offences of obtaining a financial advantage by deception – medical certificate fraud – mitigating factors. Teacher demonstrated insight and remorse.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 49.89 KB)

DAA5 October 2004Serious Misconduct

Sexual comment in email to brother – suffering depressive condition at the time. Teacher demonstrated remorse – no danger to students.
Fit to teach.
Decision (PDF, 159.91 KB)

SR25 August 2004Fitness to Teach

Convicted of indictable offence of stalking – conduct not connected to his professional conduct. Teacher demonstrated insight and remorse
Fit to teach.
Orders   (PDF, 22.28 KB)

Decision (PDF, 45.82 KB)

Williams, Adrian Murray3 June 2004Serious Misconduct

Teacher made sexual comments to students – touching female students – sexual harassment of female student – bringing profession into disrepute – betrayal of students' trust.
Registration cancelled.
Decision (PDF, 87.13 KB)

Boxer, Marc Raymond9 May 2005Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with student – sexual comments in emails to student – professional boundaries – serious transgression of standards.
Registration cancelled.
Orders   (PDF, 27.47 KB)

Decision (PDF, 59.18 KB)

Walsh, James Patrick17 February 2004Serious Misconduct

Inappropriate relationship with student – student stayed with teacher without parent's permission. Lack of understanding of professional boundaries – abuse of trust and power – disregard for legal and moral obligations.
Registration cancelled.
Orders   (PDF, 28.02 KB)

Decision (PDF, 137.06 KB)