1. English language competence requirements
An applicant for registration as a teacher must meet the below standards of competence in both written and oral communication in the English language. Early childhood teachers must meet other standards of competence.
1.1 If an applicant has completed all four years of the higher education study required for registration in English at an institution in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, they will meet the English language competence requirements for registration.
1.2 If an applicant for full or provisional registration and permission to teach cannot meet criterion 1.1 then they must provide evidence that they have undertaken one of the following English language tests with achievement at the standard specified below:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module
Achievement in the Academic module with an overall score of 7.5 (the following is required on each of the skill areas: speaking 8.0, listening 8.0, reading 7.0 and writing 7.0).
Please note: you must reach the required scores for each skill area, regardless of your overall score.
This assessment may be undertaken at any approved IELTS test centre. Visit www.ielts.com.au for information.
International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) Professional / Teacher Registration Module
Achievement at Level 4 in all four areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Test achievements are only deemed valid if provided by approved testing sites where the assessment is teaching focused.
Note: The date of the English language test results must be no more than 2 years prior to the date of application for registration.
2. Exceptional circumstances
In exceptional circumstances, permission to teach for languages other than English (LOTE) may be granted at a lesser level of competence in the English language than required at 1.2 (inclusive of Victorian School of Languages and Auslan programs).
Note: Where persons granted permission to teach under 'exceptional circumstances' subsequently become eligible for provisional or (full) registration, they will be required to meet the English language requirements prescribed at 1.1 and 1.2.
Any costs associated with the English Language test will be the responsibility of the applicant.