Authority to Teach
The Board may, under certain circumstances, and only if satisfied it is appropriate to do so, authorise an employer to employ an unregistered person as a teacher. In this context:
- an employer is an individual school; and
- an unregistered teacher is a person who does not hold the prescribed qualifications for registration, however may have other specific knowledge, skills and experience relevant to teaching.
The Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory (the Board) may grant an authorisation to an employer to employ or engage an unregistered person to work as a teacher for a specific period, not exceeding one calendar year.
A person who is employed under and Authority to teach is usually referred to as being “employed under authorisation” or “the authorised person”.
Anyone employed under an authorisation is subject to the provisions of the Act unless explicitly exempted in the Act.
People employed as support staff (including, for example, teachers’ aides, teachers’ assistants, student teachers and unpaid volunteers) are not employed under authorisation.
The Board's policy outlines the legislative requirements, categories of authorisation that may be sought, the considerations that the Board makes when considering applications for an Authority to teach and the circumstances where repeated authorisations may be sought and administered.
Application for authorisation
Applications for authorisation are made to the Board by an employer, not by the unregistered person wishing to work as a teacher. An employer may apply to the Board for authorisation to employ an unregistered person as a teacher for a specified period of time not exceeding a calendar year. An authorisation is valid only for the employer who has been granted the authority. Where an unregistered person is to be employed under authorisation at more than one school, an application must be submitted by each employer.
To be accepted by the Board, an application for authorisation to employ an unregistered person must:
- Be made in the approved form
- Include all requied information
- Be accompanied by the prescribed documents
- Be accompanied by the prescribed fee.
The Board considers each application for an authorisation to employ an unregistered person in accordance with its policy.
For an Initial Application for Authorisation,the new application fee applies.
For a Repeat Application for Authorisation where the authorisation is to be on the same terms as the preceding calendar year a reduced fee applies. The "same terms" means the same school, teaching position, subject/s, levels and supervision arrangements as the preceding year.
For a Repeat Application for Authorisation where the authorisation is to be on different terms as the preceding calendar year, the new application fee applies. "Different terms’" means a different school, teaching position, subject/s, levels or supervision arrangements as the previous authorisation.
A repeat authorisation must be in relation to the same person for whom an authorisation was in effect during the immediate preceding calendar year (i.e. there is no break in the continuity of service).
For a request to vary an existing authorisation where the variation occurs within same calendar year as the authorisation was granted, no fees apply.
Please refer to the Fees page for more information on the applicable costs.
If you need assistance in completing an application for an authorisation to employ an unregistered person, please contact the Office of the Board.
Page last updated: 9 January 2020