New applicants

A person may apply to the Board for registration if he or she holds the prescribed qualifications and is not disqualified by the Board or as a teacher elsewhere. 

The application must be:

  • Made in the approved form
  • Accompanied by the prescribed documents
  • Accompanied by the prescribed fee

Categories of Registration

  • Full registration
  • Provisional registration

Full Registration

A teacher is granted full registration if the Board is satisfied the applicant meets the requirements under section 30 of the Act.

A fully registered teacher:

  • Is appropriately qualified
  • A fit and proper person
  • Has met the requirements for professional experience and currency of practice
  • Demonstrates knowledge, skills and practice against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs) at the proficient career stage.

Provisional Registration

Provisional registration is granted if the teacher does not have the prescribed professional experience and currency of practice for full registration, but is otherwise eligible for registration under section 30 of the Act.

What is Interim Registration ?

An Interim Certificate of Registration is a document issued to the teacher that will allow them to teach up until the next board meeting at which the application will be considered for registration, without being in breach of the Act. An Interim Certificate of Registration may be issued once an application is complete. Please note that Interim Certificates of Registration are not issued to applicants applying under the Mutual Recognition Principle.

Prescribed qualifications for registration

The qualifications for registration are prescribed by the Teacher Registration (Northern Territory) Regulations, specifically Regulation 4.The minimum academic requirement for registration as a teacher in the Territory is:

  • A degree awarded by a higher education institution on completion of a 4 year full-time (or the equivalent part-time duration) initial (pre-service) teacher education course that includes a minimum of 45 days of supervised practice teaching in a school 

or

  • A combined four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time duration) completed at a higher education institution that results in the award of a degree plus a qualification awarded on completion of a teacher education course of at least one year full-time duration (or the equivalent part-time duration) that includes a minimum of 45 days supervised practice teaching in a school. 

Fit and proper person

In deciding whether a person is a fit and proper person to teach, the Board must take into account:

  • The person's criminal history
  • In determining if an applicant for registration is of good character, the Teacher Registration Board requires a current criminal history check for that person and takes into account any finding of guilt or charge made against them.

Any behaviour of the person that:

  • Does not meet the standard of behaviour reasonably expected of a teacher;
  • Is not in accordance with a code of professional ethics developed and maintained by the Board; or
  • Shows that the person is not of good character.

Whether the person:

  • Has had an application for registration as a teacher, in the Territory or elsewhere, refused;
  • Has had his or her registration as a teacher, in the Territory or elsewhere, suspended or cancelled;
  • Has been disqualified from registration by the Board; or
  • Is, or has been, disqualified from registration as a teacher by a registration authority;
  • Any conditions currently or previously imposed on the person's registration as a teacher, either in the Territory or elsewhere.

The Board may take into account other matters it considers relevant.

All applicants for teacher registration (except those applying under the Mutual Recognition scheme - using Form B) must provide a criminal history check at the time of applying for registration.The Board requires confirmation of the registration status and good standing of teachers who have taught in jurisdictions other than the Northern Territory.

Competence to teach

In deciding whether a person is competent to teach, the Board must take into account whether the person:

  • Is able to teach in accordance with the professional teaching standards approved by the  Board under Regulation 9; and
  • Is proficient in the English language.

For the purposes of considering an application for registration, the Board has approved the following:

  • The Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers 
  • The Australian Professional Standards for Proficient Teachers 

Applicants are considered by the Board to be able to teach in accordance with the Graduate Standards if they have recently completed an appropriate teacher education course. Applicants are considered by the Board to be able to teach in accordance with the Proficient Standards if they are an experienced teacher who is able to demonstrate competence against the standards. Please refer to the Professional standards and ethics page for more details.

Professional experience and currency of practice for Full Registration

The prescribed professional experience and currency of practice for a person applying for Full Registration is:

  • The completion, within the 5 year period immediately before the application date, of at least 180 days full-time service (or the equivalent part-time service) as a principal (however described) or teacher at a school in Australia or New Zealand; or
  • The completion, within the 5 year period immediately before the application date, of at least 180 days full-time service (or the equivalent part-time service) at a place in Australia or New Zealand, other than a school, undertaking duties that include:
  • The delivery of an educational program designed to implement an approved curriculum;
  • The assessment of student participation in an educational program designed to implement an approved curriculum; or
  • The administration, at any level, of an educational program designed to implement an approved curriculum.

The duties mentioned in (b) above do not include duties performed by support staff (including, for example, teacher's aides, teacher's assistants, student teachers and unpaid volunteers).

Mutual recognition

Teachers who are currently registered/accredited as a teacher in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory or New Zealand are eligible to apply for registration as a teacher in the Northern Territory under the Mutual Recognition principle. Teachers applying for registration under mutual recognition use Form B. 

Which application form should I use?

Situation

I am not currently registered/accredited in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, ACT or New Zealand. I have a four-year degree in education or I have completed four years of full-time study including an undergraduate degree and a post graduate teacher education course. Form A (PDF)

I am currently registered/accredited with a teacher registration authority in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, ACT or New Zealand. Form B (PDF)

I do not hold the prescribed qualifications for registration but I am competent to teach certain subjects and I have an employer who wishes to apply for authorisation to employ me to teach. Form C (PDF)

Application processing and assessment

Your application will be processed and assessed by TRB staff then approved by the TRB Director before being considered by the Board at one of its scheduled meetings. Please allow up to 15 working days for an initial assessment of your application for registration. Applicants from overseas or who have overseas qualifications will require a longer assessment period. If your application is successful, you will be granted either Provisional Registration (for a term of 3 years) or Full Registration (for a term of 5 years), with or without a condition. 

Board may seek further information

To decide whether an applicant is eligible for registration, the Board may:

  • With the permission of the applicant - seek information about the applicant from a referee for the applicant; and 
  • Consider any information given by the referee.

In addition, the Board may require the applicant to give the Board any further information it considers necessary to decide the application.

Seek employment

As a registered teacher, you can seek employment in the Northern Territory.