The main functions of the QCT are listed in the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005 (the Act). These include:
- granting teacher registration or permission to teach to eligible persons
- deciding how a person must satisfy initial and ongoing eligibility requirements for registration and permission to teach
- ensuring approved teachers continue to meet eligibility requirements including, for example, monitoring the compliance of approved teachers with conditions of registration or permission to teach
- arranging criminal history checks of approved teachers and applicants for registration or permission to teach
- developing and applying professional standards for entry to, and continuing membership of, the teaching profession
- granting certification at the Highly Accomplished and Lead career stages of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to teachers employed in Queensland state schools and schools represented by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission
- keeping a register of, and records relating to, approved teachers
- conducting investigations about the professional conduct or competence of an approved teacher or former approved teacher
- developing and applying codes of practice about the professional conduct or practice of approved teachers.
Other functions are described below.
The QCT is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Act by teachers, employing authorities and other agencies.
The QCT is responsible for accreditation of Queensland teacher education programs for provisional registration.
The QCT administers and undertakes reviews and research relating to regulation of the teaching profession.
The QCT promotes the teaching profession through its teaching awards, media liaison, research grants for teachers and eNewsletters.