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Home > News > Professional Issues > Professional Issues Volume 15 > Registering pre-service teachers

Registering pre-service teachers


Beginning_teacher_in_class_web_qual.pngIssue snapshot:

·         Registration for pre-service teachers to be considered by the Queensland government for implementation from 2020.

·         Initial teacher education students will be responsible for obtaining registration before undertaking their first practicum placement.

·         The proposed registration model will provide a professional identity for pre-service teachers.

Pre-service teachers in Queensland would need under the proposals to apply for registration when they first enrol in an initial teacher education (ITE) program at university.

The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) has met with our union and the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU).

Queensland is the only state or territory currently considering the introduction of such a system.

The new system would commence no earlier than 2020.

What is the issue?

As part of the National Review of Teacher Registration, consideration has been given to the transition of initial teacher education students into the profession as they seek registration and employment. 

The QCT has recommended registration by students at the point of enrolment with an ITE provider, with the student being responsible for obtaining the registration.

A nominal one-off fee would also be included as part of pre-service teacher registration, to cover the costs of police checks and Blue Card.

Applicants who already have a Blue Card would have the fee reduced.

Pre-service teacher registration would remain active until the student applies for provisional registration or notifies the QCT that they have withdrawn from their university course.

Registration would need to occur before the first practicum placement.

The QCT would contact schools and universities to advise that ITE students are not to undertake practicum placements unless registration has occurred.

How will this impact on teachers?

The proposed registration model presents benefits including development of a professional identity for pre-service teachers and improved effectiveness within pre-service education.

Data collected from pre-service teacher registration will be shared with school authorities to enable better workforce planning and to enable identification of potential employees.

The data will also be used to analyse why around 800 students graduate from teaching each year, yet do not register with QCT.

The Queensland Education Minister will be briefed by the QCT in late September/early October with pre-service teacher registration to commence as early as 2020.


Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.