About teacher registration

What is teacher registration?

Teacher registration is the process that ensures teachers in all Australian schools are appropriately qualified and suitable for employment. The requirements for registration apply to all teachers (casual relief, temporary and permanent), whether they are seeking employment in an Independent, Catholic or Public school.

Who needs to register?

Before teaching in any school in the ACT every teacher MUST apply for, and be granted, registration or a permit to teach. You may apply for either Provisional registration or Full registration, depending on your skills and teaching experience.

Provisional registration

Provisional registration is granted to teachers who have yet to demonstrate that they have met the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Proficient level.

Full registration

Full registration is only granted to experienced teachers. An experienced teacher is one who has taught 180 days in an Australian or New Zealand registered school in the last 5 years. Teachers with Full registration meet the requirements for Provisional registration and can demonstrate they meet additional experience and proficiency requirements at the Proficient level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Permit to teach

A permit to teach is not a category of registration but an authorisation for a person to teach for a limited period in a specific teaching role. A permit to teach may be offered to applicants who do not meet the requirements for Full or Provisional registration but have relevant skills, knowledge and experience for a teaching position where a suitably qualified or registered teacher is not available. This process requires a request to TQI from the employer/school wishing to employ you. Contact TQI for more information.

What is required before completing the online application form?   

Before you complete the teacher registration online application you must obtain an ACT Working with Vulnerable People (WwVP) general registration. This can be obtained from Access Canberra.  (A certified copy of both sides of your WwVP card must be provided as evidence.) Applicants with an ACT Working with Vulnerable People (WwVP) conditional registration must contact TQI before completing the online teacher registration process.

Do not complete the online application until you have all the required supporting documents ready to post to TQI (including a certified copy of your ACT Working with Vulnerable People general registration card). A full list of the required supporting documents will be displayed after you have selected the category of registration at the bottom of this page under 'Getting Started'. 

Once you have gathered all of the required documentation you are ready to proceed with the online application for teacher registration.

Applications will not be processed: 

  • Unless all of the supporting documents are received including a certified copy of your ACT Working with Vulnerable People general registration card; AND 
  • Until the application fee is paid

Please do not send partially complete application packages as processing will not commence until all of the required documentation is received by TQI.

Please do not provide information that is not relevant to your registration application. TQI is not a teacher employer so material that relates to job applications such as referee reports are not appropriate.

How long will it take?

The initial assessment of fully documented and paid applications will take up to 10 days. However more complex assessments, which may include overseas qualifications or Professional Practice assessment, may take longer.

How much will I pay?

The TQI registration year is 1 April to 31 March.  All registrations and permits to teach are valid to 31 March each year.  A tax deductible application fee is payable at the time of application for registration/permit to teach and annually during renewal.  The fee structure for initial applications for registration/permit to teach is shown below:

          Date on which application is submitted online

Fee payable

                 Renewal date

   Between 1 January and 30 June


    31 March of the following year

   Between 1 July and 30 September


    31 March of the following year

   Between 1 October and 31 December* SEE NOTE BELOW

   (Office closed from 25 December to 1 January inclusive) 


    31 March of the following year

*NOTE:  Applications submitted online on or after 12 December 2015 will be treated as being submitted on 1 January 2016.

Payment information

  • Applications will not be processed until the application fee has been paid.   
  • You can pay the application fee online, using Visa or MasterCard.  You will be prompted to do this at the end of the online application process.
  • An application fee is refundable if TQI does not grant you registration or a permit to teach.

Getting started

Choose one of the options below, read the information carefully and follow the prompts to make sure you are ready to apply for teacher registration. Incomplete applications cannot be assessed by TQI and may result in lengthy delays to your teacher registration approval.

Click here to download a one page overview of the teacher registration application process.

I am currently registered in Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia or New Zealand

I currently hold 'Professional Competence' (or above) with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES)  in NSW

I am not currently registered in Australia or New Zealand

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