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The process

Please note that the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards will be known as the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) from 1 January 2017.

The process for misconduct

NESA is notified by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian or a Teacher Accreditation Authority

A Teacher Accreditation Authority (TAA) and/or the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) notifies the Director, Teacher Accreditation (TA) that the teacher has been placed on an interim bar or is barred from working in a paid or volunteer role with children.

The teacher is sent a written notification of an intention to revoke or suspend

NESA notifies the teacher in writing of the intention to revoke or suspend accreditation. The notification will include the:

  • reasons for revocation or suspension
  • conditions of revocation or suspension including the opportunity for a three monthly review
  • process for lodging an appeal.

The teacher has 14 days to make a submission to the Director, TA in relation to the proposed revocation or suspension.

NESA informs the OCG that the teacher has been provided with written notice of an intention to revoke or suspend their accreditation.

NESA makes a decision

After the 14 day deadline passes NESA considers any responses received and makes a decision whether to revoke or suspend accreditation.

The decision is recorded on the teacher’s accreditation account.

Written advice on the decision is sent to the teacher. If the decision is to suspend accreditation, the advice will confirm the intention to review the decision at least every three months.

NESA notifies the TAA/employer

If accreditation has been revoked as a result of a report from the OCG, NESA will provide written advice to all employers, TAAs and interstate teacher regulatory authorities.

In the case of early childhood teachers, their current employer will be notified.

The process for misconduct (for all other reasons in the Act)

NESA is notified by a Teacher Accreditation Authority or an employer

The Director, TA is notified by a TAA (or by an Inspector or Officer from the Authority) that the teacher may have breached the relevant section of the Act.

  • A preliminary investigation is undertaken by the Teacher Accreditation Directorate
  • Information is collected by an Inspector or Officer of the Authority, where applicable. This information may include advice and reports from employers, including employer conduct units, Human Resources and other relevant personnel in the TAA
  • The Director, TA prepares a submission for the Executive Director, Quality Teaching based on the available evidence
  • The submission includes a recommendation about whether the teacher’s accreditation should be suspended.

The teacher is sent a written notification of an intention to revoke or suspend

NESA notifies the teacher in writing of the intention to revoke or suspend accreditation. The notification will include the:

  • reasons for revocation or suspension
  • conditions of revocation or suspension, including the opportunity for a three monthly review
  • process for lodging an appeal.

The teacher has 14 days after the date of the notice to respond to this notification.

NESA makes a decision

After the 14 day deadline passes NESA considers any responses received and makes a decision whether to revoke or suspend accreditation.

The decision is recorded on the teacher’s accreditation account.

Written advice on the decision is sent to the teacher. If the decision is to suspend accreditation, the advice will confirm the intention to review the decision at least every three months.

NESA notifies the TAA/employer

If accreditation has been revoked NESA will provide written advice to all employers TAAs and interstate teacher regulatory authorities.

In the case of early childhood teachers, their current employer will be notified.

The process for failing to comply with the requirements of the professional teaching standards

NESA is notified by a Teacher Accreditation Authority or an employer

The Director, Teaching Standards (TS) is notified that the teacher has failed to comply with any of the requirements of the professional teaching standards by a TAA or by an Inspector or Officer from the Authority

  • A preliminary investigation is undertaken by the Teaching Standards Directorate
  • Information is collected by an Inspector or Officer of the Authority, where applicable. This information may include advice and reports from employers, including employer conduct units, Human Resources and other relevant personnel in the TAA
  • The Director, TS prepares a submission for the Executive Director, QT based on the evidence
  • The submission includes a recommendation about whether the teacher’s accreditation should be suspended.

The teacher is sent a written notification of an intention to revoke or suspend

NESA notifies the teacher in writing of the intention to revoke or suspend accreditation. The notification will include the:

  • reasons for revocation or suspension
  • conditions of revocation or suspension including the opportunity for a three monthly review
  • process for lodging an appeal.

The teacher has 14 days after the date of the notice to respond to this notification.

NESA makes a decision

After the 14 day deadline passes NESA considers any responses received and makes a decision whether to revoke or suspend accreditation.

The decision is recorded on the teacher’s accreditation account.

Written advice on the decision is sent to the teacher. If the decision is to suspend accreditation, the advice will confirm the intention to review the decision at least every three months.

NESA notifies the TAA/employer

If accreditation has been revoked as a result of a report from the NESA will provide written advice to all employers and TAAs.

In the case of early childhood teachers, their current employer will be notified.