At the beginning of the school year, it is important to check the registration status of all your employed teachers. We ask that you don’t call the Board to check initially whether teachers at your school are registered unless there is an anomaly or a specific problem with which you need assistance but instead you use the online register.
The online register of teachers on the Teacher Registration Board website is the most reliable source of information and includes all currently registered teachers.
Please note that not all teachers will have current registration cards as there is a delay between paying the annual registration fee due on 31 December 2011, and the Board issuing new cards which emphasises again that the online register is the most reliable source of information for you.
If you do not find a teacher’s name on the Register please check first that the teacher does not fall into either of the following cohorts:
Interim registration is issued to new applicants for registration who have applied for registration under the provisions of the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act (the Act) who the Director is satisfied meet all the requirements for registration and should be granted registration at the next meeting of the Teacher Registration Board. An interim certificate of registration is issued in accordance with section 34 of the Act and permits a teacher to be employed at a school in the Northern Territory pending a resolution of the Board to grant registration.
All teachers who hold interim registration will be able to show you an emailed certificate of interim registration as evidence. Emails with an interim certificate of registration attached should only be accepted if they are clearly sent from the Board.
It is important to note that teachers who hold interim registration are not included on the online register of teachers. Their names will appear on the register once they have been granted registration by a full meeting of the Teacher Registration Board.
The certificate of interim registration does not show whether the teacher will be granted Provisional or Full Registration.
Teachers who were registered in 2011 and whose registration fees were due on 31 December 2011 and who have not paid the annual fee were removed from the online register of teachers on 1 January 2012. These teachers must pay the annual fee immediately and before they are engaged in teaching for 2012. The quickest and most efficient way for the teachers to pay the annual fee is to pay online.
The online payment facility and hard copy forms are on the Payment of registration page.
Once we have received and processed the form for the payment of the annual fee – whether we receive it online or hard copy – the teacher’s name will again be included on the register and therefore will be on the online register of teachers. This information is uploaded as soon as we have processed the form.
Authority to employ an unregistered person is granted for one calendar year only. The authority is granted to the Principal and so the school should have on record a certificate of authority to employ for 2012 issued by the Board under the Director’s signature or an interim certificate of authority to employ issued under the Director’s signature.
You must be able to cite an authority for the 2012 calendar year. The Board intends to monitor compliance of authorisations for 2012. This will mean that schools will be required to provide evidence to the Board, pursuant to section 78 (2) of the Act, that the authorisation issued by the Board is being met by the school and authorised person.
Teachers in the Northern Territory hold either one of two possible categories of registration: Provisional Registration or Full Registration. The category of registration is shown on the registration cards issued by the Board, but is not included on the information currently available on the online register.
Over the next five years teachers who hold full registration and intend to maintain their full registration will be required to complete 100 hours of professional development. The 100 hours is disaggregated as follows:
Teachers should be encouraged to record and retain documentation of their professional development. Further information about the requirements of Full Registration can be found from the Fully registered teachers page.
The Board has developed a range of professional development logs and a reflection template as examples of record keeping though no doubt schools and teachers will have other options available to them. The examples can be found from the Professional learning page.
Please encourage your teachers to visit the TRB Website so that they become familiar with the support documentation available to them.
You are encouraged to identify teachers on your staff who hold Provisional Registration so you can give consideration to how you will manage and support provisionally registered teachers in your school. A range of support documents and supplementary material will be available on the TRB Website in the coming weeks including information specifically for principals on supporting provisionally registered teachers. Current information can be found from the Provisionally registered teachers page.