Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia Annual Report 2017–18

Regulatory activity of the Board

Regulatory activity of the Board

Teacher registration

All teachers teaching in schools and other educational venues in Western Australia (including centre‑based education and care services such as long day care) are required to be registered with the Board.

At 30 June 2018, 54 045 teachers were registered with the Board across four registration categories. To meet registration requirements applicants must be appropriately qualified, have the necessary English language skills, meet the required Professional Standards for Teachers for the relevant registration category, and be a fit and proper person. To renew registration, the Board must be satisfied that the teacher continues to meet the requirements for their category of registration.

Table 1: Total teachers registered at June 30 by category 2015 to 2018

Category 2015 2016 2017 2018
Full Registration 40 455 41 076 41 721 42 994
Provisional Registration 8 046 5 701 5 710 5 913
Non-Practising Registration 2 008 3 802 4 649 4 490
Limited Registration 541 691 684 648
Totals 51 050 51 270 52 764 54 045

 

During 2017–18, the Board received 8997 teacher registration applications and approved 8439 applications. Where relevant, applicants had to provide criminal record checks from countries outside of Australia and 1590 of these checks were conducted.

 

Table 2: Total applications received and approved by type 2016–17 to 2017–18

Type of application 2016–17 2017–18
Received Approved Received Approved
New registration 4 104 4 062 3 501 3 500
Renewal of registration 6 684 7 843 2 542 2 240
Move registration category 2 798 2 031 2 773 2 515
Extension of non-practising 73 73 181 184
Totals 13 659 14 009 8 997 8 439

 

The volume of applications received and approved was higher in 2016–17 as there were significantly more applications for renewal in that period.

In 2017–18, 1612 applications for Full Registration from holders of Provisional Registration, including early career teachers, were approved. Five hundred and fifty (550) holders of Non-Practising Registration successfully applied for Full Registration and 184 applications to extend the period of Non-Practising Registration were approved.

The Board registered 312 teachers based on Mutual Recognition enabling people registered in connection with an occupation in another Australian state or territory or in New Zealand to carry on the equivalent occupation in WA.

Board determinations

The Board has delegated the granting of teacher registration to the Director Teacher Registration. Applications considered by the director to require further examination are referred to the Board.

During 2017–18, of the 56 applications referred to the Board, 42 were refused as they did not meet one or more of the requirements for the grant of registration or for the renewal of registration.

Table 3: Applications considered and refused by the Board by registration requirements 2016–17 to 2017–18

Requirement(s) under
consideration
2016–17 2017–18
Applications
considered
Applications
refused
Applications
considered
Applications
refused
Qualifications 22 18 24 18
English Language 31 23 19 15
Fit and Proper 15 1 8 4
More than one requirement
Qualifications and English Language 0 0 4 4
Qualifications and Professional Standards 2 2 1 1
Professional Standards and Professional Engagement 1 1 0 0
Totals 71 45 56 42

 

The Board imposed conditions on the registration of eight teachers to ensure the professional, competent and safe practice of teaching by them.

Annual teacher registration fee

In January 2018, the Board raised 52 802 invoices for the annual fee registered teachers are required to pay by 31 March each year to maintain their registration. A late payment processing fee was applied to 2212 outstanding payments and 1089 teachers who had not paid by 3 May had their registrations cancelled.

By 30 June 2018, the Board had received and approved 17 requests from teachers whose registrations were cancelled for non-payment for reinstatement of registration due to extenuating circumstances.

Unregistered teaching

Three incidents of unregistered teaching were referred for investigation. Two matters were subsequently the subject of prosecution with the final matter still subject to investigation at 30 June 2018.

Provision of advice

In 2017–18, the Board determined 99 requests for advice from people considering applying for registration on whether their qualifications would meet the requirements for teacher registration. Of these, 66 were approved under delegation by the Director, Teacher Registration and 29 of the 33 qualifications referred to the Board were determined to not meet qualifications requirements.

The Board received one request for advice from a person considering applying for registration as to whether they would meet the fit and proper person requirements of registration. The Board determined the person would not be fit and proper to be registered as a teacher.

Review by the State Administrative Tribunal

Certain decisions by the Board may be subject to review by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). In 2017–18, one such matter was the subject of review by the SAT, resulting in conditions placed on a teacher’s registration being modified.