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Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities (TAA)

For Non-government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres (ECECs)

This section provides information about the regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities (TAAs) for non-government schools and early childhood education centres (ECECs) in NSW.

In 2014, the NSW Parliament passed changes to the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 (‘the TA Act’) effective on and from 5 January 2015 that included the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) having a greater role in the regulation of TAAs.

NESA is responsible for setting the regulatory and accountability requirements to be approved as a TAA for non-government schools and ECECs and oversight of compliance with these requirements.

The requirements and process to be approved as a TAA under the TA Act are detailed in the Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities for Non-Government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres (‘the TAA Guidelines’). The TAA Guidelines apply to TAAs for non-government schools and ECECs for making accreditation decisions at Proficient Teacher level.

The TAA Guidelines have been approved by the Minister. They contain the rules of NESA for regulating TAAs, under the TA Act.

The TAA Guidelines are specific to NESA’s regulation of TAAs. The rules and procedures for other aspects of the teacher accreditation process are published in the Teacher Accreditation section.

Note: The provisions of the TAA Guidelines apply from 1 January 2016. If there are any differences between the TAA Guidelines and information published in the Teacher Accreditation section, the provisions of the TAA Guidelines will apply.

Transitional arrangements

The regulatory process and requirements for approved TAAs described in the TAA Guidelines became effective on 1 January 2016.

All existing TAAs should have in place processes to ensure current compliance with the requirements for approved TAAs as detailed in Section 4 of the TAA Guidelines.

The requirements for approved TAAs are effective from 1 January 2016. Existing TAAs will transition to NESA’s new regulatory processes so as to align with the registration cycle of the TAA’s school(s) under the Education Act.

For example, schools with registration periods that expire at the end of 2017 that are seeking to renew their registration beyond 2017 will be required to have a TAA approved under the TAA Guidelines with approval, if granted, to commence from 1 January 2018.

Applications for the approval of new TAAs for schools and ECECs received by NESA after 1 January 2016 will be assessed in accordance with the requirements and processes detailed in the TAA Guidelines.

With regard to the approval of TAAs for ECECs, NESA will provide further guidelines and support to address any issues emerging with the commencement of the early childhood teacher accreditation provisions of the TA Act.

At the end of 2020, these transitional arrangements will expire. From 2021, all TAAs for non-government schools and ECECs will be subject to approval and the requirements detailed in the TAA Guidelines.

Briefing sessions

From 2016, annual briefing sessions will be conducted by NESA and the AIS for TAAs seeking an initial or renewed period of approval. To assist TAAs, a copy of the TAA Briefing – November 2015 presentation is available for download.

Contact information

Type of information

Who to contact

Enquiries about Non-government School/Early Childhood Education Centre Teacher Accreditation Authority (TAA) approval including applications for initial approval or renewal of approval

School Registration and Accreditation Directorate
email: TAAapproval@nesa.nsw.edu.au
telephone: 9268 6375

Enquiries about Government School/Early Childhood Education Centre Teacher Accreditation Authorities

Teacher Accreditation  
email: contactus@nesa.nsw.edu.au 
telephone: 1300 739 338

Enquiries about Teacher Accreditation

Teacher Accreditation
email: contactus@nesa.nsw.edu.au 
telephone: 1300 739 338

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