Applying for permission to teach

In order to teach at a Victorian school, a person must hold current registration or permission to teach (PTT) with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). PTT cannot be granted to teach in an early childhood service.

PTT is an alternative authorisation to teach and exists primarily to address a workforce shortage. Schools must prioritise the employment of qualified, registered teachers.

Schools that are unable to employ a qualified, registered teacher may fill a teaching position with an individual who has the skills and experience to deliver and / or assess student participation in an educational program. 

Read the PTT Policy.

There are a number of circumstances where PTT might be applicable. 

How to apply for PTT

Applying for PTT is a two step process.

Step 1

The school / employer wishing to fill a position through a grant of PTT must submit an application through their employer portal. This application will provide VIT with details about the teaching position and the preferred candidate for the position.

VIT will assess the application to ensure that it meets all of the requirements for a PTT grant under the PTT Policy.

Step 2

The school will receive a notification once a position application has been assessed. VIT will also advise the preferred candidate via email that they can commence an application for PTT through their MyVIT account.

If you are the preferred candidate, you will need to click on ‘Application for PTT’ in your MyVIT account.

Under ‘PTT positions’, there will be a list of any PTT application that have been submitted by an employer on your behalf. Select and commence the 'Pending Application' you wish to submit.

As part of your application, you will answer registration pathway questions, and based on your answers you will then be required to complete some or all application modules listed below.

If you have not previously held PTT with VIT, you will need to set up a MyVIT account.

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Tips: before you start your application

  • you are not able to teach until your application has been assessed by VIT, and you have been granted PTT
  • you will need to set up a MyVIT account if you have not held PTT with VIT previously
  • ensure your username (i.e. email address) is one you will continue to use in the long term - avoid using temporary email addresses such as your student or current work account
  • your password must have at least eight characters, a minimum of one letter, one number and one special character
  • you will be required to complete a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) as part of your application - VIT will conduct NCCHCs and state police checks from time-to-time during the period of your registration
  • you will be required to provide five years of address history - i.e. address(es) you have lived in the past five years with no gaps
  • if any of your documents are in a language other than English, you will need to provide copies of the documents in the original language, plus translations by a translator accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

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Application modules

Registration pathway

This module will provide you with information about the grant of PTT you have been endorsed for and ensure you only complete modules relevant to your individual circumstances.

If you answer a question incorrectly, you can return to the start of the registration pathway module by clicking on the green ‘review’ button.

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Qualifications

Applicants for PTT must be able to demonstrate that they have appropriate content knowledge of the subject(s) they will be teaching. Subject knowledge and skills can be demonstrated by the qualifications you have completed. You will be asked to submit information about your qualifications and you can include any higher education qualification that you are currently enrolled in.

Information you need to enter for each qualification includes

  • qualification name
  • type of qualification (such as trade, academic, teaching)
  • location
  • name of the course provider
  • start and end date of the course
  • full-time duration of the course
  • whether you received any credit / recognition of prior learning / advanced standing

You will be asked to upload evidence of your qualifications in most cases, which may include

  • academic transcripts
  • evidence of completion

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English language competence

Applicants for PTT must be competent in speaking or communicating in English. English language competence can be evidenced by the qualifications that you have provided to demonstrate your skills and experience in the subject(s) you will be teaching.

If you completed your higher-education studies in one of these countries: Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK or Ireland, you have satisfied the English language competence requirements.

Unless exempt under the PTT Policy, if you do not meet the requirement above, you will need to provide a copy of an approved English language test.

VIT accepts English language test results from either of the below accredited testing centres

You will need to enter

  • test date (which must be within the last two years)
  • test scores

You will be asked to upload evidence of your test results.

If you are applying for PTT to teach a language other than English or religious education in a language other than English, you will be eligible for permission to teach if you meet the following minimum English language test scores

You will need to enter

  • test date (which must be within the last two years)
  • test scores
  • a plan stating the steps you will take to improve your English language competence during your PTT grant (if your score is below the minimum required to be a registered teacher)

You will be asked to upload

  • evidence of your test results
  • a statement of support from the principal / employer who has endorsed you outlining any assistance the school will provide to help improve your English language competence during your grant of PTT.

Learn more about approved English language tests and accredited testing centres.

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Criminal record check

VIT is required to conduct a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) through the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)at the time of your application for PTT, every five years (if you hold continuous registration), and at other times where appropriate.

VIT may also conduct a check with Victoria Police at the time of your application and at any other time during the period of your registration.

You will be asked to read the information about Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Checks and state police checks, and give your consent for VIT to conduct these checks as part of your application, and from time-to-time during the period of your registration.

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Proof of identity (POI)

You will be required to provide evidence that proves your identity so VIT can undertake a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) on your behalf. VIT may carry out other criminal record checks from time to time.

Applicants will be asked to provide five different identity documents (listed below) in order to prove their identity and undertake an NCCHC.

When submitting your proof of identity documentation, VIT recommends you use the suggested documents so that your evidence can be validated on the spot. Other documents will be validated by VIT after your application has been submitted.

One commencement of identity document to confirm your birth or arrival in Australia

  • Australian passport
  • Australian birth certificate
  • ImmiCard
  • Australian visa
  • Other.

One primary document to show the use of your identity in the community

  • Australian drivers licence
  • Australian marriage certificate
  • Proof of age or photo ID card issued by Australian government
  • Other.

Two secondary documents to show the use of your identity in the community

  • Centrelink card
  • Medicare card
  • Other.

You must also provide evidence that links you to your identity documents by verifying your identity through an authorised third party. This is done by completing a verification of identity form (this form can also be downloaded from this module in your application).

At least one (1) document of identity must include a photograph.

All documents must be in the same name. If any documents appear in a different name, such as a maiden name, then official documentation must be provided as evidence of the change in name.

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Proof of identity - name history

VIT requires your name history to ensure that we can prove your identity and that we have accurate information to conduct your Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and other criminal record checks from time to time.

You will be asked to provide some information about your name history when you establish a MyVIT account. The name history module enables you to provide information about all name changes and names that you use in the community.

In this module you will also be required to upload evidence of all your name changes such as

  • Marriage certificate
  • Deed poll
  • Change of name certificate
  • Divorce order
  • Statutory declaration.

If you are granted PTT, you must notify VIT within 30 days of any change in your name. 

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Proof of identity - address history

VIT requires your address history for the previous five years to ensure we have accurate information to conduct your Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and other criminal record checks from time to time.

The address history module will be populated with the address you provide when you create your MyVIT account.

If you have lived at your current address for five years or more, the module will be completed. This will be indicated by a green tick.

If you have not lived at your current address for more than five years, you will be required to provide at least five years of your previous address history. You must ensure that there are no gaps in this timeline, and include information about the day, month and year of each residency.

For example

If you started living at 123 Old Street in May 2014 and you moved to 456 New Street in June 2016, you will need to select the day you moved in and out of each house, with no gaps.

  • 123 Old Street (01/05/2014 - 01/06/2016)
  • 456 New Street (01/06/2016 - current)

Please note: dates should not overlap as this can cause your NCCHC to fail and delay your application.

If you are granted PTT, you must notify VIT within 30 days of any change in your postal address. 

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Suitability

Legislation requires VIT to ensure that a person is suitable to teach in a school. Suitability to teach means determining whether a person is fit to teach and whether a person is physically or mentally able to teach. This includes assessing whether the character, reputation and conduct of a person are such that a person should be allowed to teach in a school.

Results from your NCCHC (and overseas CRC, if applicable) will be assessed. In addition, as part of your application, you are required to declare any condition(s) that may affect your ability to undertake the duties of a teacher.

You will be asked questions about the following categories

  • professional history
  • impairments
  • criminal history
  • reportable conduct
  • negative and interim negative notices from Working with Children Check Victoria
  • overseas residence declaration.

An impairment means a physical or mental impairment, disability, condition or disorder including substance abuse or dependence. An impairment may be ongoing or temporary, but conditions such as broken bones do not need to be declared. Depending upon the nature of the impairment and the information you provide in your statement, VIT might require you to submit medical reports or a statutory declaration.

Please note: In general, declarations will not automatically result in rejection of your application. VIT may ask you to provide further information in order to assess your suitability to teach.

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Skills and Experience

You must be able to demonstrate that you

  • have appropriate content knowledge of the subject area(s) that you will be teaching
  • have skills and experience to build positive relationships with students
  • are able to maintain safe learning environments
  • are able to use a range of teaching practices and resources to engage students in effective learning.

This maybe in addition any qualification information you have already provided.

You will be required to upload supporting documents, including

  • evidence of any study in the subject, such as evidence of completion of a course, that may not have already been uploaded in the qualifications module
  • statements of service
  • professional references
  • membership with a professional organisation / or body.

Progression towards teacher registration

Unless specifically exempt, you will be required to upload a written plan that outlines what you will do to progress towards teacher registration during the period of your PTT grant. This may include completion of further study.

If you are applying for PTT (VET), PTT (VCASS) or PTT (VSL) or are teaching an emerging or small candidature language, you will instead be required to upload a written plan that outlines the professional development, industry engagement or professional practice you will undertake during the period of your PTT grant. This may include…

Note: If you don’t complete the activities outlined in your plan, you may not be eligible for a further grant of PTT.

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Applicants for PTT (VET) must provide evidence of meeting the relevant requirements of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 (or its successor).

This includes

  • completion of a qualification at least to the level being delivered and assessed
  • having current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided
  • completion of
  • a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education;
  • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment; or
  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (including both the upgrade modules)
    • TAELLN411 or TAELLN401A: Address adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) and
    • TAEASS502, TAEASS502A or TAEASS502B: Design and develop assessment tools.

These requirements are set out in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.

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Experience

This is where you can add the trade, teaching or industry experience details relevant to your PTT application.

You will be asked to supply

  • name of employer
  • dates you were employed.

You will be able to upload a reference and / or statement of service as evidence of your experience. 

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Overseas residency

If you have resided outside of Australia for 12 continuous months in the past ten years when you were over the age of 18, you are required to provide details and upload a certified copy of an accepted criminal record check (CRC) from each country you lived in.

Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs for accepted overseas CRCs.

It’s important to note that

  • an overseas CRC must cover the full period that you resided in each country*
  • if you have been granted Australian citizenship or permanent residency after your period of overseas residence, you can upload evidence of this instead.

*VIT will accept an overseas CRC from an applicant if they currently reside in another country if 

the overseas CRC has been issued within seven days of application submission.

In cases where an applicant currently resides overseas, VIT may request additional information from the applicant including information about their arrival date in Australia. VIT will then assess (on a case by case basis) whether additional information is required. 

You will be asked to provide information on

  • dates you have lived overseas (arrival and departure dates)
  • country(ies) resided
  • whether you have obtained an Australian permanent residency visa or citizenship since residing overseas.

You will be required to upload a certified copy of an accepted criminal record check (CRC) from each country you lived in.

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