Teachers may apply for registration to teach in the NT in two ways: under the provisions of the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act or under the Mutual Recognition Principle.
The Mutual Recognition (MR) Principle is that a person who is registered for an occupation in the first State is entitled to registration in the second State for the equivalent occupation.
Under the terms of the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Cth) and the Trans Tasman Mutual recognition Act 1997 (Cth), the Board is required to register a person who is currently registered to practice as a teacher in any other participating Australian State/Territory or in New Zealand. All jurisdictions, except for New South Wales, have teaching regulatory authorities. The mutual recognition arrangements apply to all jurisdictions except New South Wales.
The objective of the Teacher Registration (NT) Act, is to ensure that only persons who are fit and proper and who are appropriately qualified, are employed as teachers in the NT. The Teacher Registration Board was established to register persons as teachers and to facilitate the continuing competence of teachers in the NT.
With regard to the issue of 'competence to teach', the Board may take into account evidence of an applicant's recent practice or continued experience in teaching in addition to anything else the Board sees fit.
Teachers who have a three year teacher education qualification are not entitled to apply for registration in the Northern Territory under the provisions of the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act.
The Board may take into account any other matters that it considers relevant.
To be considered 'complete' an application for registration must, in the first instance, be accompanied by the information and evidence that the Board requires of all applicants as set down in Form A and the registration information.Sometimes the Board may require an applicant to provide further information or evidence as it considers necessary in order to consider the application. The further information or documents may include:
Since January 2008, the register of teachers in the Northern Territory has been available online via the TRB website. An online search will call up the name of the teacher, the teacher's unique registration certificate number and the registration expiry date. When teachers apply to the Board for registration under the Mutual Recognition Principle, as soon as the application is complete and verification confirmed in the state of origin, the teacher is registered and included on the Online Register of Teachers.
Teachers applying for registration under the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act are not included on the online register of teachers until they have been granted teacher registration by a meeting of the Teacher Registration Board.
An interim certificate of registration permits you to teach at a school in the Northern Territory pending a resolution of the Board to grant you registration. It may be issued between Board meetings to an applicant for registration who the TRB Director is satisfied meets the criteria for registration and is therefore entitled to registration.
An interim certificate of registration may only be issued when a complete application has been received and assessed and the applicant is entitled to be granted registration by resolution of the Board.
Applicants are advised by email that they have an interim certification of registration, usually issued only for the period to the next meeting of the Board. Emails with an interim certificate of registration attached should only be accepted if they are clearly sent from the Board.
Please see the registration process
A teacher who is three-year trained may apply to be registered in the Northern Territory if the person is applying for registration under the Mutual Recognition Principle.
A teacher who is three-year trained and applies under the provisions of the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act is not entitled to registration.
In the Northern Territory, when the Teacher Registration (NT) Act commenced in 2004, provisions were made under part 9 of the Act for teachers employed in the NT to be registered even if they did not hold the prescribed qualifications as long as they could demonstrate they were competent teachers. Similar provisions applied in all Australian jurisdictions at the commencement of teacher registration.
Of the 5086 teachers registered in the Northern Territory as of 30 June 2008, 650 (or around 12%) are teachers who have three years or less of teacher training and were registered at the time of the commencement of the Act.
In addition, there are teachers registered in the Northern Territory who do not meet the four-year qualification but are registered because their application was made under the Mutual Recognition Principle.