Resources and support for principals
All teachers who are employed or engaged as a teacher in a Victorian school must be registered with VIT.
To assist you with any queries about teacher registration, please email us. Alternatively, we provide a dedicated Principals hotline - 1300 650 375 - which operates Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm.
The School Portal
The School Portal is a secure online facility which enables Victorian school principals and their authorised delegates to:
- confirm the current registration status of teachers’ employed at their school
- have edit-access for searching, adding or removing teachers to maintain their ‘All Teachers’ list
- seek the current registration status of a teacher they may wish to employ
- access and complete a recommendation for (full) registration assigned to their school by a provisionally registered teacher
- view any correspondence from us.
Learn more about how to access and use the School Portal.
Principal Circular - email communication with schools
We regularly email school principals important information about teacher registration via Principal Circulars.
Please notify us if your school’s email or postal address has changed.
Read previous editions of the Principal Circulars here.
Seeking permission to teach to fill teaching vacancies
Under special circumstances, if you are unable to employ a registered teacher, you may be able to seek permission to teach (PTT) to fill a teaching vacancy.
- PTT application form. (PDF, 1261.59 KB)
Unregistered teaching practice (URP)
Can an unregistered teacher perform the duties of a teacher in a school under the supervision of a registered teacher?
No. Under the Education and Training Reform Act (2006), only persons who currently hold provisional or (full) registration as a school teacher, or who hold Permission to Teach granted by VIT, can undertake the duties of a teacher in a Victorian school.
Victorian schools must not employ persons to undertake the duties of a teacher if the person does not hold provisional or (full) registration as a school teacher, or hold Permission to Teach granted by VIT, even if they are supervised by a registered teacher.
Can education support staff (ESS) undertake certain teaching duties under the supervision of a registered teacher?
No. Persons who undertake the duties of a teacher in a Victorian school must be registered with VIT, and must currently hold provisional or (full) registration as a school teacher, or have Permission to Teach. This is a legal requirement that must be adhered to by both teachers and their employers.
The duties of a teacher in a school, as defined in the Education and Training Reform Act (2006) include the 'delivery of an educational program or the assessment of student participation in an educational program'.
It is an offence under the Education and Training Reform Act (2006) for anyone to undertake the duties of a teacher in a Victorian school if they do not currently hold provisional or (full) registration as a school teacher, or Permission to Teach granted by VIT. This offence also applies to Education Support Staff undertaking the duties of a teacher in a Victorian school, even if they are under the supervision of a registered teacher.
Can registered early childhood teachers (ECTs) teach in a school?
No. Early childhood teachers (ECTs) who currently hold provisional or (full) registration as an ECT granted by VIT can only undertake the duties of an ECT in an early childhood service. This includes kindergartens and preschools, but does not include schools.
However, some early childhood qualifications equip a person to teach learners up to 8 years of age, while others only equip a person to teach learners up to 5 years of age.
Those people who have qualifications to teach learners up to 8 years of age may be eligible to apply for ECT registration and / or teacher registration, however those who have qualifications to teach learners up to 5 years of age may only be eligible to apply for ECT registration.
The type of VIT registration will therefore determine whether the person can perform the duties of a teacher in a school.
- schools must not employ persons who only hold ECT registration to undertake the duties of a teacher in a school. This applies to all primary / secondary school settings.
- early childhood settings must not employ persons who only hold teacher registration (i.e. they must employ persons who hold either ECT registration or both teacher and ECT registration).
Checking a teacher's registration status
You can check whether a teacher is currently registered to teach and what type of registration they hold by:
- accessing the register of teachers
- viewing your ‘All Teachers’ list within the Portal (for teachers linked to your education setting)
- asking to see the teacher's current VIT registration card (valid to the expiry date indicated on the card).
Working with Children Check – important information for employers
Providing support for teachers wishing to renew their (full) registration
Instrumental music teachers vs. instrumental music instructors
The duties of a teacher, as defined in the Education and Training Reform Act (2006) are described as "Delivery of an educational program or the assessment of student participation in an education program".
The breadth of context in which teachers deliver education programs is acknowledged by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Programs can be delivered in diverse education settings and may involve one-on-one teaching and learning or delivery to groups of students within or across stages of learning.
Registration of instrumental music teachers
Instrumental music may be taught in school settings in a variety of contexts.
It is important that school principals and other leaders assess the activities to be undertaken in the delivery of music programs to determine whether these are the duties of a teacher. Where this is the case, then only people who are registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) may be employed.
Where an instrumental music teacher performs the following activities, they are undertaking the duties of a teacher and require VIT registration
- individually assesses student learning against the approved curriculum
- plans for learning in a sequential, continuous and developmental way against the approved curriculum
- provides feedback on learning to students both formally and informally
- reports this progress (informally and formally) to parents.
Instrumental music teachers may also develop programs of learning tailored to individual needs to prepare students for VCE / VCAL / IB solo performance and ensemble performance in the senior years of education. Preparation for senior year’s Music subjects may commence from earlier years of schooling (e.g. from Year 7).
Under the Education and Training Reform Act (2006) it is an offence for a person to undertake the duties of a teacher if the person does not hold registration or the relevant permission to teach. It is also an offence to employ a person to undertake the duties of a teacher if the person is not registered with VIT.
Permission to teach
Where a qualified teacher cannot be found to teach a music program requiring a registered teacher, then an unqualified person with suitable skills and experience may apply for permission to teach with the VIT.
In such cases, a principal will need to demonstrate circumstances of workforce shortage where they have made a genuine attempt to employ a qualified and registered teacher for the position but to no avail.
Registration with permission to teach is for a limited period of no more than 3 years, during which time the registrant will be required to make progress towards a full teaching qualification for registration as a teacher.
Instrumental music instructors
While the duties of the role determines whether a person must be a registered teacher, or not, a distinction can often be made between a person who is employed as an instrumental music teacher and one who is employed as an instrumental music instructor.
An instrumental music instructor instructs students on an instrument, but does not undertake the duties of a teacher. Sometimes these instructors are paid directly by the parents of the students they instruct.
In this instance, there is no requirement to have a teacher qualification and be registered as a teacher, however there are limitations on the role they can perform within a school.
It is expected that an instrumental music instructor would be limited to
- delivering instruction to students on an instrument, predominantly one–to-one
- only directing students in a class or group, including bands and ensembles, under the direct supervision of a registered teacher.
An instrumental music instructor would not assess or report against curriculum. Their reporting would strictly be limited to administrative reporting, taking attendance, recording punctuality, and providing informal direction and feedback about technical capacity.