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TQI Rego & Taking Leave

What's the best approach to TQI registration when you take long-term leave?

Updated July 9, 2014

We've fielded a number of inquiries in the AEU office from members about how Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) registration works for people taking long-term leave. 

  • TQI officers are available to talk through people’s particular circumstances and advise accordingly. Contact the TQI on 6205 8867, at tqi@act.gov.au and at http://www.tqi.act.edu.au/
  • There are two options when you take long-term leave: to maintain your registration or to allow it to lapse.

 
Note for three-year trained teachers

  • If you’re three year trained and allow your registration to lapse and then reapply you will not be eligible for registration. You will only be eligible for a Permit to Teach.

 
Lapsing your registration while on leave (four-year trained teachers)

  • When you take leave, you can allow your registration to lapse (become unregistered). This is an option that might be preferable for people taking leave for 12 months or more.
  • While you are not registered, you do not need to pay the annual TQI fee and you do not have to fulfil the professional learning requirements. While you are unregistered, you do not accrue any professional learning obligations.
  • While you are unregistered, you cannot teach in a classroom. Before teaching, you would need to register anew with the Teacher Quality Institute.
  • Becoming unregistered while you are on leave will not affect payment from the Education & Training Directorate as such payments are for accruals of leave connected to your employment.
  • When you register anew, the clock starts afresh on the professional learning requirements for TQI registration, ie. you will need to complete 100 hours over the subsequent 5 years.
  • There is no negative implication of allowing registration to lapse and registering again on return.


Maintaining your TQI registration while on leave

  • Alternatively, you may maintain your TQI registration while on leave. This option may be preferable for people taking leave for significantly less than a year.
  • You will not receive any discount on the annual TQI registration fees.
  • While on leave, there is no obligation to participate in professional learning. However, as you are maintaining your registration, the time you are on leave will be included in the 5 years over which you are required to complete 100 hours of professional learning.
  • If you return from leave for a period of less than a year, there is not an obligation to complete 20 hours of professional learning in the remainder of that year. The obligation is only to complete 100 hours of professional learning over a 5 year period.
  • It is advisable to notify TQI that you are taking leave and discuss how you will meet the requirement to complete 100 hours of professional learning over 5 years.
  • TQI officers are available to talk through people’s particular circumstances and advise accordingly. Contact the TQI on 6205 8867, at tqi@act.gov.au and at http://www.tqi.act.edu.au/


Regaining TQI registration after returning from leave

  • If you apply for registration again within two years, no principal’s report or statement of service is needed for full registration. Registering anew with the TQI is a similar process to the annual process of re-registering through the TQI portal. Upon registering anew, you will be fully registered (not provisionally).
  • If your absence is for 2–5 years, you’ll need a short report from a previous principal (and if that is not possible, you’ll need to apply for provisional registration and teach for at least one term before asking your current principal to complete a report). Upon registering anew, you will be fully registered (not provisionally).
  • For absences of 5 years or more, you’ll need to apply for provisional registration and undertake an in-school panel-based process.
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