Celebrating 50 years

Throughout 2021 we celebrated 50 years of a teacher registration authority in Queensland.

Regional celebrations in Townsville, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Longreach, Toowoomba and Cairns were an opportunity to share the history and milestones in teacher registration with teachers in regional areas.

The QCT and its predecessor organisations have a proud history of upholding high standards for the teaching profession in Queensland.

From humble beginnings with roots in the 1960s, when educators advocated to establish a registration system in Queensland to ensure teachers were qualified and of good character, the Board of Teacher Education emerged.

In 1989, the Board of Teacher Registration followed, taking on the challenge of refining the registration system.

In 2006, The Queensland College of Teachers took up the role with all teachers on the Board’s register transferred and the ongoing task of the upholding and improving the standards of the profession advancing.

In 2021, this 50-year milestone presents an opportunity to not only celebrate the achievements of these organisations, and what it means for the profession, but also to promote the profession on a state-wide scale.

Read the Chair’s message.


Centre stage for our 50-year celebrations were banners featuring a timeline of teacher registration and the key events that shaped each decade of our 50 years.

An A3 format of each is available for download:

1970s banner 1980s banner 1990s banner 2000s banner 2010s banner


Regional celebrations provided an opportunity for speakers at each destination to talk about teaching and the important role the college plays. These 'postcards' link to videos that capture messages and moments from our speakers.

Photo galleries

Thanks to our stakeholders and partners for making these outstanding 50th Anniversary events a tremendous success.


Registration milestones and influencers

Below are the milestones in the origin story of Queensland's teacher registration authorities.

Teacher registration history

The background to teacher registration in Australia and the origins of the Queensland Board of Teacher Education.

Board Chairs throughout history

As chair of a teacher registration authority, the challenge of steering the organisation and meeting the needs of teachers is not easy. In this series, we look at the people whose stewardship has advanced the profession.


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