Supporting the independent education community

Experienced Teacher Accreditation 2024


ISTAA Standards-Based Pathway

Teachers employed in AIS Schools, Hybrid Schools and in

Catholic Independent Model A Schools


ISTAA has advised applications for 2024 are now open



To achieve Experienced Teacher accreditation, you need to apply to your school and the Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation Authority (ISTAA). Applications close Thursday 6 April 2023.


Experienced Teacher salary

The IEU is committed to assisting every eligible member to achieve Experienced Teacher accreditation. During the last 15 years the union has been highly successful in assisting hundreds of members to achieve Experienced Teacher accreditation and receive a Band 3 salary. Depending on the enterprise agreement that applies to teachers at your school, the pay rise if you are successful will be either $4,500 or $15,000 per annum (the latter is in the case of Standards Model enterprise agreements).


Changes to Experienced Teacher accreditation

The union has long pressed for improvements to the ISTAA process to make it more accessible for teachers. ISTAA has introduced some changes that will make the process slightly more flexible for teachers and supervisors. For example, from 2023 Testimonials and the Head of School Report have been replaced by the Principal Attestation. This covers 14 of the 37 descriptions and requires less paperwork.


Evidence collection period: Monday 24 April 2023 to Wednesday 28 June 2024.


We are here to assist you to understand the process and prepare evidence and documentation. Group and individual workshops are available. Many teachers request significant support during the evidence collection period. It is important to start this process as early as possible after
24 April 2023.


IEU only assists members

The IEU assists members with their applications on the understanding that they are continuing members or recently employed at an independent school. The union will not assist those who join specifically to access this service and who have been employed at the school for a considerable time without acquiring union membership. Membership should be current from at least 1 April 2023 to be eligible for the 2024 intake.


For IEU assistance with Experienced Teacher accreditation please contact Elizabeth Finlay at the IEU: