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About Teacher Registration

Any person wanting to teach in a Tasmanian school and/or college must have registration or a limited authority to teach (LAT).   It is an offence under the Teachers Registration Act 2000 to teach in a Tasmanian school and or college without registration or a Board authority.  

Registered teachers.......

  • have appropriate teaching qualifications

  • can communicate in the English language at a professional level 

  • are of good character and fit to teach

  • observe a code of professional ethics

  • continue to participate in professional learning to build knowledge, skill and competence.

Teacher registration promotes community confidence in the work of Tasmanian teachers and validates registered teachers as highly skilled professionals.  

There are two main registration types for Tasmanian teachers:

  • Teacher Registration

  • Specialist Vocational Education and Training Registration

The qualification requirements for the two registration types are:

  • Specialist Vocational Education and Training Registration:

    • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) or higher qualifcation in adult education


Registration allows the registrant to be legally employed to teach in any Tasmanian school and/or college.

An applicant does not apply for a certain type of registration. All applicants are required to complete the same application process. The Board will determine which registration type and category will be granted to eligible applicants after assessing each application under the provisions of the Teachers Registration Act 2000 and in keeping with Board Policy.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the relevant Board Policies before completing and lodging their application.


Status of Mutual Recognition for teachers in Tasmania

The Australian Government and most state and territory governments have agreed to introduce a uniform scheme for Automatic Deemed Registration (ADR) of occupational registrations into the existing Automatic Mutual Recognition scheme. However, a three-year exemption (from the ADR scheme) applies in Tasmania for teacher registration and several other occupational registrations. Longer exemptions apply in some other jurisdictions. Teachers from elsewhere in Australia and New Zealand can continue to apply for registration to teach in Tasmania under the existing mutual recognition provisions.

Please contact us if you would like further information or clarification of what this news may mean for you and your teacher registration. The Tasmanian Department of Treasury and Finance website also provides detailed information regarding automatic mutual recognition in Tasmania for all occupational licenses here