Mandatory reporting

When must a principal report the dismissal or departure of a teacher to the Teaching Council?

Mandatory reporting to the Teaching Council is required when:

  • an employer dismisses a teacher for any reason
  • a teacher resigns from a teaching position, or finishes a fixed-term contract, and the employer had advised the teacher within the previous 12 months that it was dissatisfied with, or intended to investigate, any aspect of the teacher's conduct or the teacher's competence.

Education and Training 2020, section 489 – Legislation website

Mandatory reporting to the Teaching Council is also required if, within 12 months after a teacher ceases to be employed by the employer, the employer receives a complaint about the teacher’s conduct or competence while he or she was an employee.

Education and Training 2020, section 490 – Legislation website

Failure to make a mandatory report is an offence under the Act.

Further information

Making a mandatory report – Teaching Council

Updated: August 2020

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