Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities (TAA)
for Non-government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres
First Published October 2015 – Official Notice BOS 29/15
Revised December 2016 – Official Notice BOSTES 50/16
The Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities for Non-government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres (‘the TAA Guidelines’) contain the rules of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for regulating teacher accreditation authorities under the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 (‘the TA Act’).
Under the TA Act, a teacher accreditation authority (‘TAA’) is approved to accredit persons in accordance with Part 4 of the TA Act. Specifically, approval authorises a TAA to accredit, in accordance with Part 4 of the TA Act, persons at such levels of accreditation as may be determined by the Minister.
The TAA Guidelines provide NESA’s requirements and process to be approved as a TAA under the TA Act.
The TAA Guidelines apply to TAAs for non-government schools and early childhood education centres (‘ECECs’) for making accreditation decisions at Proficient Teacher level.
The TAA Guidelines provide details about:
- the responsibilities of the Minister for Education and NESA in relation to the approval of TAAs
- the responsibilities of TAAs under the TA Act with regard to accreditation decisions at Proficient Teacher level
- the legislative basis for the approval of TAAs and NESA's regulatory framework
- the requirements to be complied with in order to be approved as a TAA
- the procedures for applying to be approved as a TAA
- NESA's regulatory processes in relation to TAA approval
- refusal of an application for approval, conditions of approval, suspension and revocation of approval of a TAA
- internal review of a recommendation to refuse, suspend or cancel the approval of a TAA
- other relevant information and a glossary.
The TAA Guidelines should be read in conjunction with the TA Act, the NSW Education Standards Authority Act 2013 (‘the Authority Act’) and the Education Act 1990 (‘the Education Act’).
With regard to government schools, the TA Act provides that the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education is the TAA, or such other person or body as may be approved for the time being by the Secretary under the TA Act. For this reason, the TAA for government schools is not subject to the approval processes described in the TAA Guidelines although similar requirements apply.
Also available are lists of the requirements in the form of a proforma checklist. TAAs may find the proforma helpful in planning for renewal of TAA approval.