Celebrating 50 years

Celebrating 50 years

Throughout 2021 we are celebrating.

Upcoming Regional celebrations in Townsville, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Cairns, Rockhampton and Longreach bring the QCT to wider Queensland destinations.

The QCT has 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.

Upcoming events

Our stakeholder reference group has been instrumental in the planning of our 50th Anniversary celebrations. With representatives from all school sectors, Queensland’s principal associations, teacher unions, parent associations and the Queensland Deans of Education, our celebration activities profile and promote the profession.


Principal partner

QTU logo

Stakeholder spotlight: The QTU.

Supporting partner

IEU Q&NT logo


The Queensland Council of Deans of Education

Stakeholder spotlight: The QCDE.

Registration milestones and influencers

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


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


The Board of Teacher Education (BTE) in the early 1980s

Board Chair: Betty Watts

1979–1982 | 1984–1989


Board of Teacher Education 1985–1988


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