Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia Annual Report 2021–22

Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia

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Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia Annual Report 2021–22

This annual report reflects the operations of the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia in regulating the registration of teachers and accrediting initial teacher education programs.

 

 

Letter of transmittal

Ms Lisa Rodgers
Director General
Department of Education

Dear Ms Rodgers

In accordance with section 114 of the Teacher Registration Act 2012 (WA), 
I am pleased to submit the annual report of the Teacher Registration 
Board of Western Australia, for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022, 
for inclusion in the annual report of the Department of Education.

Yours sincerely

Signature of TRBWA's Chairperson, Margaret Collins.

Margaret Collins
Chairperson
Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia

22 August 2022

 

It was yet another year requiring us to adapt to the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19. I would like to acknowledge the resilience and commitment of staff who continue to deliver our regulatory services to a high level while maintaining quality customer service. 

During the year, we welcomed a new member, Melanie Sutherland, a primary school principal with the Department of Education who is a well‑regarded and experienced educator. We also farewelled Nicole Brown who completed her term. On behalf of the Board and secretariat, I would like to congratulate Melanie on her appointment and extend appreciation and thanks to Nicole for her expertise and considered and valued contribution to the Board.

It is in the best interests of children to ensure that there continues to be a supply of registered teachers who meet the requirements to provide safe and supportive learning environments. We worked with education sectors to respond to teacher shortages related to COVID-19. This will no doubt be an issue that will continue to have impact in the short to medium term. It is a time that requires agile and adaptive responses, and we look forward to supporting our education stakeholders to manage these issues.

The registration of teachers is critical to ensuring the safety and welfare of children in educational venues. We continued to collaboratively engage with state government agencies and other authorities that have a focus on the best interests of children. This included the Department of Education, Catholic Education Western Australia and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia, as well as the Department of Communities, the Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Western Australia Police Force. 

We have monitored with interest the introduction of a uniform scheme for the automatic mutual recognition of occupational registrations to facilitate automatic deemed registration. While a 5-year exemption from the scheme has been approved for the occupation of teaching in Western Australia, we will continue to contribute to a national information sharing initiative between teacher regulatory authorities to enhance regulatory decision-making in the interests of child safety. This exemption means there is no change to existing mutual recognition arrangements. Applicants from other Australian states and territories and New Zealand may continue to apply under mutual recognition to be registered as teachers in Western Australia.

A key focus of our registration work has been the renewal of Full Registration for many teachers. About every three and half years, we experience an 18 month ‘spike’ in renewal numbers associated with teachers who were first registered between 2004 and 2005. Between September 2020 and June 2022, we renewed almost 30,000 registrations. 

We continued to support the development of suitable digital solutions to meet the needs of our stakeholders. Significant work has been done in the development and testing phases of a replacement for the ICT system that underpins our registration operations and customer facing online services. Ongoing ‘business as usual’ work continues to maintain current online services and ensure the needs of applicants and individual teachers are supported.

We continued to work collegiately with our Western Australian higher education providers and acknowledge the important role they play in ensuring high quality initial teacher education programs are delivered to pre-service teachers.

Working within a national system, we have established strong links with our regulatory counterparts around Australia and in New Zealand, and the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). We have continued to collaborate on national projects relating to the registration of teachers, child safety and the accreditation of initial teacher education programs.

We are given secretariat support by the Department of Education. I extend my thanks to Lisa Rodgers, Director General, for the continued support provided to us by the Department. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the Director, Teacher Registration and all the Teacher Registration directorate staff for their professionalism and ongoing support to the Board.

Finally, I also express my appreciation to all Board members, as well as those who serve on or chair a committee of the Board. I respect and appreciate the commitment, integrity and experience each member contributed to our valuable work.

I look forward to continuing to work with the Western Australian education sector in the year ahead to serve the public interest by ensuring the professional, competent and safe practice of teaching.

On behalf of the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia, I am pleased to present our 2021–22 annual report.

Signature of TRBWA's Chairperson, Margaret Collins.

Margaret Collins
Chairperson