The Association of Independent Schools values quality teaching and recognises the importance of professional growth and development in improving outcomes for students. The Association established the Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation Authority (ISTAA) to provide teachers in schools that adopted a NSW/ACT Standards or Hybrid Model Multi-Enterprise Agreement or a Tasmanian Independent Christian Schools (Teacher) Multi- Enterprise Agreement 2019 (CMEA) with a means to demonstrate the quality of their teaching and as a result increase their remuneration.

Accreditation provides a consistent and transparent process to assure the quality of teaching in our schools and provide the basis for ongoing growth and development of teachers to raise the outcomes of education for students. The Professional Teaching Standards define the qualities of effective teaching. They describe the knowledge, skills and practices expected of teachers at different stages of their careers, and provide a framework for critical reflection, professional development and growth.

ISTAA Teacher Accreditation: 
Professional growth in and beyond the classroom


  • Learn in their classroom with and from colleagues, using research and feedback
  • Develop quality teaching practice and improve student educational outcomes
  • Build their leadership practice and collaborative skills
  • Gain recognition and respect from students, colleagues and parents

Accreditation Updates

Expressions of Interest Experienced Teacher Accreditation Assessment Panel 2022 >

Expressions of interest to be a member of an ISTAA Experienced Teacher Assessment Panel are now open, closing on 12 August 2022.

Message from the ISTAA Council – Experienced Teacher Accreditation >

Please see a message from Tom Alegounarias, Chair of the ISTAA Council about changes to Experienced Teacher accreditation.

Important Dates for 2023 Experienced Teacher Announced >

Applications for 2023 Experienced Teacher will open on Tuesday 26 April 2022 and close on Friday 24 June 2022.

Teacher Accreditation Pathways

Proficient Teacher

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Experienced Teacher Accreditation 2023

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Professional Excellence

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