It is a legislative requirement for anyone undertaking the duties of a teacher in a Victorian school or early childhood setting to be registered with VIT. This includes teaching under supervision. Visit the Legislative requirements page to find out more.
Who are Victoria’s teachers?
There are more than 143,000 registered teachers working across thousands of education services throughout Victoria.
Registered teachers are required to complete qualifications that meet national standards and undertake rigorous suitability assessments in order to obtain registration. The VIT ensures that regular professional learning and suitability assessment continues throughout a teacher’s career.
Teachers work in many different education settings including government, Catholic and independent schools and early childhood services, as well as other teaching contexts such as hospitals, zoos and museums.
Registered teachers include
- early childhood teachers work in early childhood education services such as childcare centres, preschools and kindergartens
- primary and secondary teachers work in primary or secondary, P-12 or special education school settings
- specialist teachers work in special education school settings, hospitals or museums
- principals can work as educational leaders in a large range of education services.
The type of registration a teacher requires depends on a number of factors, such as the education environment they work in, and the teacher’s qualifications and the teacher’s suitability. Visit the Registration categories page to find out more.
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We recognise the high professional and ethical standards of registered teachers, early childhood teachers, principals and early childhood educational leaders across Victoria. Check out some examples of effective and innovative teaching practice and leadership from Victoria’s teachers.
Why is registration important?
Being registered with VIT is more than a legal requirement. In fact, registration has many benefits for the professional status, standing and public confidence in the teaching profession.
VIT registration ensures that all teachers are qualified and of suitable character. They are supported along their teaching journeys – from granting them provisional registration in their early careers, to connecting them with valuable professional resources to increase their proficiency as they advance in their careers.
Registering with VIT enables teachers to be recognised as part of a regulated and registered profession across Australia and New Zealand. It assures communities that their teachers are maintaining their knowledge and competence through ongoing professional learning requirements.
Registration helps ensure that Victorian communities have safe access to highly qualified teachers with appropriate suitability to work with children and young people. VIT registration means that teachers’ professional and ethical credentials are clearly visible to the community.
The Victorian teaching profession’s Codes of Conduct and Ethics help teachers demonstrate their positive contribution to the teaching profession. Registration with VIT confirms the integrity of teachers’ profession by taking appropriate action against those who do the wrong thing.
Last updated: 29 Mar 2023