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Limited Authorities to Teach (LATS)

A Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) is the mechanism that allows a person, who has an appropriate skill set but is not a qualified and registered teacher, to be employed to teach.

In most circumstances the granting of a LAT is a temporary measure required as a result of a school or educational setting being unable to find a suitably skilled and qualified registered teacher for a specific teaching placement.

In all cases, an application for a LAT is generated by the school or the employer, not by the person who will be the LAT holder. The application process is the process by which the school or the employer seeks permission from the Board to employ a person under a LAT.


2021 LATs cannot be extended beyond the end of the current school year. TRB Online opens for 2022 LAT applications on the 1st of December 2021.