The Public Register of Teachers - your questions answered
Legislation was passed towards the end of 2021 implementing a mandatory public register of teachers. This will bring NSW into line with the other states and enable automatic mutual recognition of teachers across Australia.
Over the past few months the IEU has been representing members' rights by consulting with NESA on the mandatory public register of teachers, ensuring that it fulfills federal government requirements without exceeding appropriate boundaries.
What will be included in the public register?
The online public register will only contain:
- the teacher's name (the name NESA have on record)
- their accreditation number, and
- their accreditation status (i.e. active or inactive only).
NESA published the following on their website Monday 6 June:
The introduction of a public register of teachers further aligns NSW with other jurisdictions. The searchable register will only include teachers' names, their NESA number and confirmation that they are actively accredited.
Contrary to the sensationalised article in the Telegraph 6 June, no other details will be published, including DOB, address, place of employment, qualifications, and level of accreditation. Parents will have the same level of access as the general public.
What if I do not wish to be included in the public register due to safety or wellbeing concerns?
In discussions with the IEU, NESA have confirmed that teachers will be able to apply to be excluded from the register if they have serious concerns related to the publication of their name. Teachers who wish to apply for this exclusion can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
How will a public register benefit teachers?
The federal government has an automatic mutual recognition scheme underway for skilled workers, intended to improve workforce mobility across Australia. The school education sector is temporarily exempt from this scheme while disparities between the states and territories are addressed.
NSW is obliged to work towards closer alignment with other states and is currently one of the only states that does not have a public register for accredited teachers. The IEU asserts the NSW model strikes the balance between fulfilling federal government requirements and protecting individual privacy.