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Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers define the knowledge, practice and professional engagement needed for high quality, effective teaching that improves student learning outcomes. The Standards use nationally agreed indicators of teacher quality to guide the preparation, support and development of teachers throughout their careers from Graduate to Proficient Teachers, to Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers.

The NSW teacher accreditation system, overseen by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES), provides a rigorous assessment of evidence for a teacher’s achievement of the Standards.  

The development and validation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers incorporated extensive consultation with teachers from all states and a wide range of teaching environments. For further details visit the Standards section of the AITSL website.

Download the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (PDF 300KB)

Moving from the NSW to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

During 2013 and 2014 accreditation at the mandatory NSW level of Professional Competence is transitioning to the mandatory Australian level of Proficient Teacher.  An outline of who this affects and the timeframes is available.

More about moving to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers