Regulation of Teacher Accreditation

NESA is the only authority in NSW to make teacher accreditation decisions for mandatory levels of accreditation and some voluntary levels of accreditation for NSW teachers.

 NESA’s teacher accreditation policies are published in NESA’s NSW Teacher Accreditation Manual (TA Manual).

The TA Manual outlines the requirements, conditions and criteria for teacher accreditation in NSW. The TA Manual applies to every school in NSW. It also applies to all early childhood education services (EC services), including EC services provided by schools.

NESA’s registration requirements for teacher accreditation

Independent schools must have “evidence that demonstrates the school implements NESA teacher accreditation policies and procedures to support teachers in attaining and maintaining teacher accreditation” (requirement B3.1 the NSW Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools Manual).

 Schools must implement the requirements in NESA’s TA Manual. To do this a school must have internal procedures for implementing NESA’s requirements for teacher accreditation that are consistent the requirements in the TA Manual.

These requirements also apply to registered early childhood services (e.g. preschools or long day care centres) provided by schools.

A school’s internal teacher accreditation procedures replace all past TAA policies and procedures.

From February 2023, suitability to teach requirements came into effect. Schools are not required to do anything in relation to these requirements as they are implemented by NESA.

Changes to the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004

Information about changes to teacher accreditation announced in December 2021 resulting in NESA being the sole authority to make teacher accreditation decisions in NSW.
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Requirement for schools to have Teacher Accreditation Procedures

Information about NESA’s requirement to have internal teacher accreditation procedures.
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Resources and Support for Member Schools

AISNSW has teacher accreditation resources for member schools to use in their schools, including sample internal procedures for teacher accreditation and fact sheets about accreditation that can be shared with staff.
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Courses for Member Schools

Learn about NESA’s requirements for teacher accreditation procedures in schools or updates to NESA’s policies at a Regulation Team course or information session.
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