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Hands off, Gardner!
Updated: 1 June 2020
The Marshall Government is proposing radical changes to how the Teachers Registration Board is managed under the Teachers Registration & Standards Amendment Bill.
Why is this important?
The Teachers Registration Board was established as an independent statutory authority to regulate the teaching profession under the Teachers Registration and Standards Act 2004 and the Teachers Registration and Standards Regulations 2016.
The Australian Education Union (then called the South Australian Institute of Teachers) was instrumental in the establishment of the Board, by the profession, for the profession.
All working teachers are required to be registered by law.
The Teachers Registration Board implements policies, sets professional standards and investigates complaints and grievances.
The Board currently consists of 16 members, and the Act requires at least half the members of the Board must be teachers. Within the current legislation members of the Board are nominated by the Minister for Education, Department for Education, Australian Education Union, Association for Independent Schools, Catholic Education Office, Independent Education Union and the Universities of the State.
All this could change.
What does it mean for me?
Major changes proposed as part of the Bill include:
- Amendments to the composition of the Board so that there is only a requirement for three teachers to be on the Board. These teachers will be chosen by the Minister of the day.
- Remove the involvement of the AEU and other unions to nominate Board members.
- A reduction in the Board size to 10-14. It is possible that only 3 of the 14 Board members will be teachers – a smaller board and a significantly lower proportion of teachers.
- The introduction of another Code of Conduct without a guarantee that teachers will develop this Code.
- Amendments regarding notice of dismissal and/or resignation to be able to allege ‘incompetence’.
- Introduction of annual fees without any provisions to limit fee increases.
If these changes are agreed by Parliament they will give politicians and bureaucrats the power to dictate to our profession!
Minister Gardner has tabled the Bill in Parliament and it is now being debated in the Lower House.
You can read the AEU's detailed analysis of the Bill here. You can find the Bill here.