How to Register as a Teacher in Queensland

How to Register as a Teacher in QLD If you’re in the final semester of your teaching degree or are considering relocation to Queensland to continue working as a teacher, then you may be wondering: how do I register as a teacher in QLD?   Thankfully, this process isn’t long or difficult. It does require…

How to Register as a Teacher in QLD

If you’re in the final semester of your teaching degree or are considering relocation to Queensland to continue working as a teacher, then you may be wondering: how do I register as a teacher in QLD?
 
Thankfully, this process isn’t long or difficult. It does require you to fulfill some simple steps, however, to ensure you can pursue your role as a teacher within this state.
 
We’ve outlined all of the important information you need to know below!
 

Teacher registration in QLD: Getting started

The first and most crucial step in registering as a teacher in Queensland is that you must register with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). This is mandatory for anyone wanting to teach in state and non-state schools within Queensland. 
 
Start by setting up your myQCT account via the QCT website, then complete and submit the online application for teacher registration form. This form is applicable for everyone registering as a teacher in Queensland, including those applying under mutual recognition.
 

What to do if you’re a teacher relocating to QLD

If you’re already a registered teacher in another Australian state or territory or in New Zealand, but are relocating to Queensland, then you must still register with QCT. The difference, however, is that you must apply for teacher registration in Queensland under mutual recognition. 
 
You will then be granted ‘deemed registration’ effective from the date the QCT receives your completed application, payment of necessary fees, and accreditation verification check. This means you can teach in a Queensland school while the QCT continues to assess your application.
 
If you’re wanting to work as a teacher in Queensland but are currently living, or have previously lived overseas, then additional requirements apply. 
 
According to the QCT website: “if you have lived in any country other than Australia for 12 months or more in the last 10 years, since the age of 18, you will need to provide a national police record check from that country”. 
 
This police record check must cover the entire time you lived in that country. 
 

QLD teacher registration fees

Registering to work as a teacher in Queensland does require the payment of fees, however these will differ based on your application, as well as your criminal history status and possession of a Blue Card.
 
Currently, application for teacher registration fees range from $159.00 – $174.60 for recent QLD graduates and $273.50 – $289.10 for all others.
 
Teachers applying under mutual recognition must also pay fees ranging from $273.50 – $289.10. Those who have submitted an application for permission to teach are also subject to these same fees.
 

Teacher application process time frames

Once you have submitted your application, along with all of the necessary documentation, and paid your fees, you can expect your application to take several weeks to be processed. 
 
Applications with Australian qualifications usually take 4 – 6 weeks from when the QCT receives all required documentation, whereas those with qualifications from overseas countries should allow up to 12 weeks from when their documentation is received by the QCT.
 
You can also use the QCT’s Application Progress Tracker in your myQCT account to track the progress of your QLD teacher registration application.
 
If you’re looking to secure your next teaching or leadership position in Queensland, get in touch with one of our friendly Frontline Education consultants to discuss opportunities today. For more helpful advice, check out our latest blog posts or download our Toolkit.