TAAs are responsible for accrediting teachers using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. TAAs accredit teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher and decide whether a teacher continues to maintain their Proficient Teacher accreditation.
TAAs can suspend or revoke a teacher’s accreditation for failing to meet any of their accreditation requirements.
A separate category of TAAs, known as TAAs (A/L) are responsible for making accreditation decisions at the voluntary higher levels of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher.
New regulatory process for approving TAAs
In January 2016, NESA (previously BOSTES), introduced a new regulatory framework for approving TAAs for non-government schools and early childhood education centres to make accreditation decisions at Proficient Teacher level.
The provisions of the NESA (previously BOSTES) Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities for Non-government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres took effect from 1 January 2016. If there are any differences between the TAA Guidelines and information published on the Teacher Accreditation website, the provisions of the TAA Guidelines will apply.
More about the new regulatory framework for the approval of TAAs
Who is the TAA for my school?
The person appointed as TAA and TAA (A/L) varies between government, Catholic and independent schools.
More about who undertakes the TAA role
First stage in accreditation
To start or return to work as a teacher in a NSW school, teachers must be accredited with NESA (previously BOSTES).
Authorise Proficient Teacher Accreditation
Provisionally or conditionally accredited teachers must achieve Proficient Teacher Accreditation within a set timeframe. TAAs are responsible for making the accreditation decision and submitting teachers' accreditation reports to NESA (previously BOSTES).
Revocation and Suspension of Accreditation
From 1 January 2017, the rules for revoking and suspending a teacher's accreditation will change. NESA will have the sole authority to revoke or suspend a teacher's accreditation. The Interim Revocation, Suspension and Voluntary Cancellation of Accreditation Policy (PDF 350 KB) has been established and TAAs have an important role in the process.
Authorise Highly Accomplished/Lead Teacher Accreditation
Teachers applying for the voluntary levels of Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher Accreditation must apply with a formal submission of multiple sources of evidence, including external observation. A separate category of TAAs, known as TAAs (A/L) review submissions and makes accreditation decisions at the higher levels, following advice from the Moderating and Consistency Committee (MCC).
Read advice from the MCC
The Advice from the MCC, based on analysis of more than 100 submissions, is available for TAAs (A/L) authorising higher level accreditaton.
Validate Professional Development (PD)
TAAs (or where delegated, principals or PD delegates) are responsible for validating Teacher Identified PD in the online account tool.
TAAs are typically responsible for authorising a new or returning teacher’s accreditation, and ensuring teachers maintain their accreditation by monitoring and validating completed PD, and that teachers are continuing to practice according to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Approve maintenance of accreditation reports
Towards the end of every ‘maintenance of accreditation’ cycle, NSW teachers write a Maintenance of Accreditation Report. The TAA is responsible for making the accreditation decision and submitting the report to NESA.
New to the role?
New TAAs need to formally register with NESA (previously BOSTES).
Update your TAA details
TAAs must advise NESA of any changes to roles within their organisation that may impact on accreditation decisions. This includes principals and TAA delegates, who require access to the online account tool.