Regulation of Teacher Accreditation

On 29 November 2022, NESA became the sole authority to make teacher accreditation decisions in NSW following legislative amendments made to the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 in December 2021.

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

The requirements for teacher accreditation in NSW have not changed. There have been changes to accreditation processes and requirements for schools.

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NESA’s registration requirements for teacher accreditation

NESA requires a registered non-government school to have “evidence that demonstrates the school implements the requirements of the TA Act and NESA teacher accreditation policies to support teachers in attaining and maintaining teacher accreditation” (section 3.2.1 of the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual).

All registered non-government schools are responsible for implementing the requirements in NESA’s TA Manual from the 29 November 2022 by having internal procedures for teacher accreditation at their school. This includes schools that previously outsourced their TAA to AISNSW or another school.

A school’s new internal procedures will replace past TAA policies and procedures and must be consistent with the requirements in NESA’s new TA Manual.

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

In February 2023, new suitability to teach requirements came into effect. Schools will not be required to do anything in relation to these new requirements as they will be 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 to have Teacher Accreditation Procedures

Information about NESA’s revised requirements for schools for teacher accreditation.
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Support for Member Schools

See a range of resources designed to support schools in relation to teacher accreditation.
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