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
- To be eligible for employment as a classroom teacher in ACT public schools an applicant must hold either an Australian bachelor degree (or a qualification assessed as comparable) plus at least one year of tertiary level pre-service professional school teacher education; or an integrated degree of at least 4 years duration or part-time equivalent (Australian bachelor degree or a qualification assessed as comparable) including at least one year of pre-service professional school teacher education.
- The Australian Government is rolling out a scheme to recognise teacher registration nationally, this doesn’t apply to ACT public schools until July 2022.
- Offers of employment are conditional on applicants meeting the Directorate's employment requirements including TQI registration eligibility, medical fitness, and employment history with other education jurisdictions.
- At the end of a selection process applicants who are short listed and interviewed are advised of their recruitment rating in writing. The rating is based on the evidence provided during the recruitment process. The rating indicates eligibility for employment. Rating groups are defined over 5 categories from R1 (outstanding) to R5 (approval for casual work only). It is important that applicants provide examples of their practice to demonstrate their level of achievement against the indicators which are the basis of merit-based assessment.
- 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 website at Office of Regulatory Services (ORS)
- Applicants may be offered permanent appointment or a temporary contract, depending on the nature and length of known vacancies in the various teaching areas.
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
- Address the selection criteria demonstrating a high level of knowledge and understanding through well supported claims and recent examples.
- Demonstrate the link between effective teaching practice and student outcomes and the importance of partnerships.
- Encourage the panel to want to explore claims further at interview.
- Describe competence, initiative, creativity, flexibility, capacity and level of motivation.
- Use teaching practice and personal experience to demonstrate skills.
- Reflect an understanding of nature of the ACT system and school-based curriculum.
- Are carefully formatted, grammatically correct, use limited jargon and are devoid of spelling errors.
- Are supported by a well organised and current Curriculum Vitae.
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.
- Are written in a teaching context, focusing on teaching and learning, student management strategies, relationships and engagement in the profession.
- Are written by a colleague or a current supervisor who has observed classroom practice for a length of time.
- Show development over time and a commitment to teamwork and on-going professional learning.
- Contain an informative final comment.
- Have information that readily translates into the ACT context.
- Are less than three years old.
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
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of the links between teaching, learning, assessment, reporting and professional partnerships.
- Display enthusiasm for teaching and use strong examples to reflect their practice.
- Use portfolios that are well organised (often around selection criteria), visually impressive and tagged for easy access.
- Provide strong evidence of commitment to enhancing outcomes for students.
- Exhibit potential to add value to the classroom or the school through demonstrated skills, abilities and interests.
- Provide evidence of a commitment to professional learning and demonstrate the importance of ICT in the classroom.
- Arrive a few minutes ahead of time and are well prepared for their interview.
- Embrace the interview as an opportunity to reflect on their teaching practice.
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.
- Provide encouragement and advice as you develop your application and prepare for the interview.
- Have observed your teaching and can attest to your professional growth and potential for further development.
- Work with you in a teaching and learning partnership to support reflective practice and enhance student outcomes.
- Are readily available to provide a referee report.