Teachers and School Staff


Teaching is one of the oldest and most valuable professions in the world and we have almost 110,000 registered teachers in Victoria working throughout government and non-government (Catholic and independent) schools.

Our teachers use their knowledge, skills, experience and a range of teaching strategies to prepare your child for the future. They regularly participate in professional development and find new ways to enrich the learning of their students.

To make sure that your child has the best learning environment possible, the Victorian Institute of Teaching regulates and promotes the teaching profession and its integrity.

Victorian teachers’ qualifications

Teachers in Victoria are qualified with at least four years of approved tertiary study, including a minimum of one year of teacher education preparation.

Once teachers have achieved these qualifications they can apply to become a registered teacher, see: Qualifications - Victorian Institute of Teaching

Registration of Victorian teachers

To be registered to legally teach in Victorian schools teachers must:

  • have the approved qualifications
  • be of good character
  • go through a National Criminal History Record Check.

Every five years teachers need to renew their registration and declare that they:

  • have maintained an appropriate level of professional practice. This means teachers have completed at least 50 days of teaching, equivalent practice or educational leadership over the previous five years and 20 hours of recognised professional development each year
  • are still suitable to be a teacher. This means teachers have a current and satisfactory National Criminal History Record Check. Teachers also need to advise the Victorian Teaching Institute of any charges or convictions to ensure they are still considered suitable to teach.


The role of the principal is to lead and manage the planning, delivery, evaluation and improvement of the education of all students in a community through the strategic deployment of resources provided by the Department and the school community. A key part of this role is to increase teachers’ knowledge about student learning and quality teacher practice.

Principals have a clear set of accountabilities, which distinguishes their work from other employees in the teaching service and the education community. These accountabilities are detailed in their employment contract. The principal is accountable for the overall leadership, management and development of the school according to state-wide guidelines and Victorian Government policies.

Education support staff

Education support staff are an essential part of every school. They support your child’s learning by helping students to be safe and resilient and through school administration and operations (e.g. human resources, finance, facilities, grounds maintenance), school support services (e.g. library, laboratory, information technology, out of school care, canteen) and direct teaching and student support (e.g. classroom assistance to teachers, careers counselling, student health and wellbeing).