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Teachers who hold provisional registration have two years to move their practice from the Graduate to the Proficient teacher level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). This work is undertaken in collaboration with other experienced (fully) registered teachers who can provide the provisionally registered teacher (PRT) with feedback and support in the development of their practice.

Teachers will be able to apply for (full) registration when they can demonstrate that

  • they have taught for at least 80 days in one or more Australian or New Zealand schools / early childhood (EC) services, and
  • provide evidence that they have met the APST at the Proficient teacher level using VIT’s Inquiry process.

Click on each step below to find out more about the moving to (full) registration process.

Step 1 – Gather evidence using VIT’s Inquiry process

The VIT’s Inquiry process is used by PRTs to demonstrate the development of their knowledge and practice, and gather evidence to demonstrate they have met the APST at the Proficient teacher level.

This process is adapted from Helen Timperley’s cycle of teacher inquiry and knowledge building. It requires PRTs to

  • select a class or group of learners, and assess the level of learning and factors affecting learning
  • develop a question for inquiry based on identified learning needs
  • undertake professional learning to deepen professional knowledge and refine skills in relation to VIT’s Inquiry question
  • use this knowledge to develop and implement an action plan to improve learning outcomes
  • assess the impact of the inquiry on learning outcomes and teacher practice
  • reflect on the effectiveness of practice and identify future areas of work, and
  • ensure that all compulsory requirements of VIT’s Inquiry process have been met.
Useful Resource

Check out the Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers Guide to find out more about the requirements for VIT’s Inquiry process.

Step 2 – Initiate your application for (full) registration

When a PRT has undertaken the Inquiry process, it’s time to initiate an application for (full) registration in their MyVIT account. This should be done once VIT’s Inquiry process is complete but prior to meeting with the recommendation panel.

This is done via the ‘Apply for (full) registration’ tile in the applicant’s MyVIT account. The applicant will be asked to verify their contact details, make declarations and provide their employer details.

Step 3 – Present your evidence to a workplace recommendation panel

Once a PRT has gathered the evidence they need, they are required to present this evidence to a workplace recommendation panel.

The workplace recommendation panel is a group of experienced teachers within the PRT’s workplace. The VIT expects the following composition for panels.

In a school setting, the principal can assume the role of panel chair if they hold (full) registration.

In an EC setting, the education leader can assume the role of panel chair if they hold (full) registration. If they do not hold (full) registration, the VIT trained mentor should assume the role of panel chair.

The recommendation panel will assess the PRT’s documented evidence of practice and make a determination whether they have met the requirements to obtain (full) registration.

Visit the FAQs page to for a list of frequently asked questions about moving to (full) registration.

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If the PRT’s mentor does not work at the same workplace, the PRT should tick the allocated box acknowledging this, and download/complete the form to provide VIT with more information.

Useful Resource

Employers should check out VIT’s Workplace Panel Guide for more information about how to form a workplace panel to support their PRTs moving to (full) registration.

Step 4 – Finalise your application for (full) registration

Following the panel meeting, the panel chair will complete a recommendation report through the Employer portal and submit it to VIT.

The VIT will assess the PRT’s application along with the panel recommendation. When all requirements have been met, the PRT will be granted (full) registration.

Once the PRT’s (full) registration is approved, they will be emailed notification of the approval, the Register of teachers will be updated with their new registration status and a new registration card will be issued.

A PRT will need to retain of copy of their evidence for at least two years in case they are selected for audit by VIT.


Before a PRT begins the process, VIT recommends they read our guide for moving to (full) registration. The guide contains a template for collating your evidence and is available in a PDF or Word document in the Templates and checklists below.

We also recommend reading the relevant companion and evidence guides. These supplementary guides contain context specific information regarding the process of moving from provisional registration to (full) registration.

Click the accordions below for more useful resources.  Meet the Professional Practice team and find out how they can assist you.

Fact sheets
  • Inquiry Process: Stage 1 - Establish content and context for learning
  • Inquiry Process: Stage 2 - The Inquiry Question, professional learning (and professional responsibilities)
  • Inquiry Process: Stage 3 - Apply knowledge to teaching practice through action plan
  • Inquiry Process: Stage 4 - Implement your action plan
  • Inquiry Process: Stage 5 - Evaluate effectiveness of practice
  • Using the VIT Inquiry process throughout your teaching career
Useful Resource

Need more help understanding the process of moving to (full) registration? VIT regularly holds free PRT seminars to help make the process easier. Visit the Events and seminars page to find out more.


Click here to see a range of helpful videos about moving to (full) registration, including step-by-step guides, tips and examples.

Click here to listen to some podcasts from other teachers who have been through the process.

Last updated: 13 Dec 2021