Teachers in the Northern Territory are required to be fit and proper persons and competent to teach.

Fit and proper person to teach

Section 32 of the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act 2004 sets out the matters the Board must take into account in deciding whether a person is a fit and proper person to teach. These include:

  • The person's criminal history
  • Any behaviour of the person that:
    • Does not meet the standard of behaviour expected of a teacher; or
    • Is not in accordance with the Board's code of professional ethics; or
    • Shows that the person is not of good character
  • Previous disciplinary matters in relation to the teacher's registration undertaken in the Northern Territory or elsewhere; and
  • Any other matters the Board considers relevant.

Competent to teach

When assessing the competency of a teacher the Board must assess competency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

A teacher must also be proficient in the English language. Where a teacher's qualification was awarded in a non-English speaking country the Board considers the teacher's results in an internationally recognised language assessment such as the International English Language testing System (IELTS).

Managing concerns

Managing concerns about a teacher’s conduct or competence is one of the important roles of the Board.

Concerns about a teacher’s conduct or competence come to the attention of the Board in different ways including:

  • Mandatory notifications from employers
  • Reports from police and other authorities
  • Declarations by teachers
  • Complaints from parents or members of the community

Concerns about a teacher’s conduct or competence are considered by the Board. After considering concerns the Board may conduct disciplinary proceedings in relation to a teacher under Part 6 of the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act 2004. Including to undertake preliminary investigations and inquiries.

At the completion of the disciplinary process the Board may:

  • Impose a condition, or vary a condition imposed on a teacher’s registration
  • Suspend a teacher’s registration
  • Cancel the registration of a teacher
  • Disqualify a teacher from registration
  • Take no further action

The information on these pages is intended as a plain English summary of the processes for conduct and competence issues. For more detailed information, please read the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Act 2004  and the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Regulations 2004.