The Teacher Registration Board has introduced a new fee structure for the payment of registration fees.
As of 31 March 2009, the annual teacher registration fee for teachers in the Northern Territory has increased from $60.00 to $75.00. Currently registered teachers or teachers currently employed under authorisation will not pay the fee increase until their registration renewal falls due.
This is the first increase in teacher registration fees since they were first set in 2004. The new annual fee is set for three years to March 2012.
Applicants who apply for registration after 31 March 2009 will be subject to the new fee structure as follows:
Applicants who apply to renew their registration after 31 March 2009 will be subject to the new fee structure as follows:
Employers who apply for authorisation to employ an unregistered person as a teacher after 31 March 2009 will be subject to the new fee structure as follows:
Currently registered teachers will pay $75 to renew their registration when it next falls due. So if your registration expires 31 December 2009, you will pay $75 to renew your registration for 2010. If your registration expires in 2011 or 2012, then you will not pay the increased fee until your registration renewal is due.
The Teacher Registration Board is increasing the registration fees in order to:
The Board will not, in the foreseeable future, have a sufficient number of teachers paying registration fees to fully support the Board's work unless the fees were very significantly increased. The Northern Territory Government continues to provide funding to the Board to bridge the gap between the revenue from registration fees and the resources required to support the Board's work.
Under the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act, the registration fee is not indexed annually against the CPI. Had the fee been indexed in 2004, the registration fee for 2009 would have increased to around $70. By setting the fee for three years, the annual indexation against the CPI is anticipated.
If you pay your registration fees for 5 years, then you will pay at the rate of $75 per annum. If the fee increases during the period for which you have paid your fees, you will not be required to pay the difference for registration renewal.
Applicants applying for registration for the first time pay a higher fee to reflect the cost of assessing the application - the Initial Registration Fee effectively is a registration plus application fee.
As Mutual Recognition applications require less time to assess (though not to process), a lesser initial fee has been charged.
The Board has introduced an Initial Registration Fee and an Initial Authorisation Fee to reflect more closely the cost of the resources required to undertake an assessment of a new application for registration or authorisation. The previous flat fee did not reflect the true costs of assessing new applications.
Applicants who have graduated from an initial teacher education program at either Charles Darwin University or the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education are eligible for the Initial Registration Fee at a reduced rate as the Board has assessed the initial teacher education programs at each of these institutions.
The TRB assesses the initial teacher education programs at both Charles Darwin University and BIITE and so applicants with awards from these institutions require less time to assess. As well, it is an accepted practice that teacher regulatory boards have a reduced fee for graduate teachers from their own jurisdiction in a show of support for local graduate teachers.
Up until this fee increase, the Northern Territory had the lowest registration fees of any jurisdiction. The increase in our fees will bring us closer to the average. Comparisons between the jurisdictions, however, are imprecise. For example, in South Australia, teachers pay a $90 per annum flat fee and must pay for three years registration at a time; teachers in Western Australia pay a registration fee of $70 annually plus a fee for membership of the Western Australian College of Teachers. Accredited teachers in New South Wales currently pay $92 annually but the fee is indexed against the CPI.
Registering teachers is the most obvious work the Board undertakes and is the most resource intensive. Annually, the Board registers over 1,000 new teachers and renews just under 4,000 registrations.
The functions of the Board, however, are more extensive than registering teachers. Section 11(1) of the TR Act outlines 12 functions which can be broadly brought together as follows: