‘Recency of practice’ for the purposes of renewal of registration means that you have within the five-year period of registration either:
The following teaching experience is acceptable:
If you do not meet recency of practice requirements in a registration period you can still have your full registration renewed. However, renewal will be subject to a Returning to Teaching (RTT) condition. This means that if you wish to continue or return to teaching in a Queensland school, you must complete a RTT program in the 12 months before or the first 12 months after returning to teaching, to ensure that your knowledge, skills and practice are up to date.
The QCT may also consider teaching experience other than that listed above on a case-by-case basis. To have your experience considered you must apply for a review of a RTT condition.
A ‘teacher’ is a person who
The teaching must be in a school or in another setting delivering an educational program prescribed under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005 (the Act).
This requires the educational program to be based on a syllabus or kindergarten guideline approved or accredited by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).
This means for example:
Teaching in recognised schools in other Australian states and territories will be recognised as the equivalent of teaching in a Queensland school for the purposes of recency.
Other types of teaching experience may also be considered. The QCT will consider these on an individual basis through the process of a teacher applying for review of a Returning to Teaching condition.
If you are a fully registered supply teacher who has taught for at least 100 days within your five year registration period, you have recency of practice. It is recommended that you keep employment records or payslips as evidence of the number of days you have worked as a teacher.
If you do not have recency of practice you can still maintain full registration and continue to teach by paying your annual fee, but on renewal your registration will be subject to a Returning to Teaching (RTT) condition.
Having a RTT condition means that if you wish to continue or return to teaching in a Queensland school you will be required to complete a RTT professional development program within 12 months of returning to teaching, to ensure that your knowledge, skills and practice are up to date.
Please note: The RTT condition is activated from the first day of supply/contract teaching after your registration has been renewed.
You must also complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities. CPD is an annual requirement for teachers with full registration regardless of whether you are teaching full time or part time, doing supply or contract teaching or not teaching at all.