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Teacher Registration – ACT Teacher Quality Institute

At the time of employment in a teaching position/role in the ACT all applicants must be registered with the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI). Registration processes and conditions can be found on the website ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) Applicants will be required to provide details of their registration at the time of employment.

All applicants at the time of employment are also required to undertake a Working With Vulnerable People check prior to commencing employment. For more information please see the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) website.

Please note, applicants may apply for an advertised teaching position prior to obtaining registration with TQI or ORS. These two registrations can take up to a maximum of 12 weeks to process and may delay the start of your employment if you are applying as a new applicant to the ACTeducation system.

How to apply to teach in ACT public schools

Classroom teaching positions in ACT public schools are filled both through local site selection and from a recruitment pool. Qualified teachers, including permanent teaching staff in the ACT public system, are able to apply directly to their school of choice when individual schools advertise a vacancy at their site during the year. If you are not in a preservice placement (in an ACT public school) or do not have a current recruitment rating and wish to be considered for potential employment in any Directorate school, please complete the Expression of Interest application available on Jobs ACT

Eligibility and registration requirements

Teacher recruitment is a merit selection process and involves the assessment of an applicant through a written application, supporting documentation, an interview and referee reports. Following this assessment process applicants are assigned a recruitment rating and if an applicant nominates to beconsidered for similar vacancies their application will be available to be considered by all Act public schools for suitable teaching vacancies.

Casual Teaching a Pathway to Contract Employment

Applications for casual teaching employment are welcomed throughout the year. To seek work as a casual teacher please complete an Application to Register as a Casual Teacher located on the Casual Teachers page.

Advice to applicants

Quality Applications

Supporting Documents

A minimum of two teaching reports or professional teaching references are required along with your application. The documents should be current and written by teaching colleagues or teaching supervisors. Two of the following should be included: Pre-service reports, Contract reports, Internship reports, Teaching references.

Preferred reports

The Interview

You will be interviewed by a panel who will ask questions relating to the selection criteria. Your interview is designed to assist the panel in finding more information about your teaching knowledge, skills and capacity.

Candidates who perform well at interview


Teaching referees are contacted to provide recent information about you and to clarify information provided in your application or at interview. The panel will contact at least one listed referee and may contact additional, non-listed referees to seek further information. Referees may be contacted at any time during the recruitment process.

Supportive Referees