Mutual recognition

If you hold current teacher registration or accreditation in another Australian state or territory, or in New Zealand, you can apply for registration in Queensland under the Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 1992  (PDF, 381KB) or the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 2003  (PDF, 487KB).

The mutual recognition principle

The mutual recognition principle is that a person who is registered for an occupation in a relevant jurisdiction is entitled to registration in a second jurisdiction, for the equivalent occupation.

A formal assessment of qualifications is not required. Other eligibility requirements such as suitability to teach need to be met.

Deemed registration

When the QCT receives your complete mutual recognition application, including the required fee payment and documentation, you will be granted ‘deemed registration’ from the date of receipt. This will enable you to commence teaching in Queensland while the QCT continues to assess your application.

If the QCT requires further time to finalise your application, the decision will be postponed and your deemed registration status will continue.

Appeal process

You can appeal to the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) if you disagree with the QCT's decision to:

  • register you with conditions; or
  • refuse your registration; or
  • postpone the decision.


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