Renewing Tasmania Teacher Registration
The start of the school year is often a time of mixed feelings and frenzied activity for teachers as well as students, so it’s important to attend to your registration now.
In most years teachers are getting to know students they are teaching for the first time; perhaps also they are teaching in different subject areas or to different year groups.
For some members an added stress at the start of the 2012 school year was the pressure of having to immediately renew their teacher registration - because it had expired.
Quite simply a teacher who does not have current registration either as a LAT (Limited Authority to Teach), Provisionally Registered teacher or Fully Registered teacher cannot be in the classroom teaching. This is a breach of the Teacher Registration Act and both the teacher and the school are liable for significant fines if an unregistered teacher is working as a teacher.
In order to secure registration in time for the 2013 academic year we advise all teacher members to:
- check that the Teacher Registration Board has your current contact details. This includes email, residential and postal addresses so that you will receive correspondence from the TRB.
- check your current certificate of registration so that you know when your registration is due for renewal.
- if your registration expires at the end of 2012 you should commence the re-registration process between October and December.
For more information the policy on the Annual Registration process can be found on the TRB website www.trb.tas.gov.au
All principals receive the TRB electronic publication 'Registration Matters' and should circulate this to all teachers on their staff to ensure they are up-to-date with any changes to requirements for registration.
If this isn't happening at your school, it is suggested that teachers request that the process is set up. In the interim it is advisable to check the TRB website for the most recent edition.