Disciplinary Proceedings and Action

About disciplinary committees

There are two disciplinary committees that deal with disciplinary matters involving teachers; the Professional Practice and Conduct Committee (PP&CC) and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

The PP&CC deals with minor disciplinary matters involving teachers. QCAT deals with more serious matters that have been referred to it by the QCT or the PP&CC. QCAT can also review certain decisions made by the QCT.

Each committee must observe natural justice and act as quickly and with as little formality and technicality as possible consistent with a fair and proper consideration of the matter.

If satisfied as to the establishment of the relevant ground for disciplinary action, each disciplinary committee decides the disciplinary action to be taken against the teacher.

Disciplinary proceedings of the Professional Practice and Conduct Committee

The PP&CC conducts proceedings for disciplinary matters by oral hearing or correspondence. Teachers may request that the proceedings are conducted by an oral hearing. Hearings are closed to the public.

The committee informs the teacher as soon as possible of the outcome and reasons. A teacher may seek review to the Internal Review Committee (IRC) by application using the Application for internal review form (PDF, 72KB).

If the matter was from a complaint, the committee also notifies the complainant of the outcome.

Disciplinary proceedings of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal

The Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) conducts disciplinary proceedings against teachers following a referral of a disciplinary matter by the QCT or the PP&CC.

For disciplinary proceedings QCAT must be constituted by three members

  • a legally qualified member who is familiar with school environments
  • a registered teacher
  • a person who is not a registered teacher.

For information on QCAT processes visit the QCAT website.

Actions of the committees

The QCT ensures that the decisions of each committee are implemented.

The orders each committee is able to make are detailed in the Act.

Professional Practice & Conduct Committee possible actions

The PP&CC may only

  • take no further action against the teacher
  • refer the matter to QCAT
  • issue a warning or reprimand to the teacher
  • order that a notation or endorsement about the teacher be entered in the register
  • accept an undertaking from the teacher.

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal possible actions

QCAT may decide to

  • take no further action against the teacher
  • end the suspension if the teacher’s registration is suspended
  • issue a warning or reprimand to the teacher
  • cancel the teacher’s registration or permission to teach
  • prohibit the teacher from reapplying for registration or permission to teach for a period of time
  • impose conditions on, or amend or remove conditions on, the teacher’s registration or permission to teach
  • suspend the teacher’s registration or permission to teach for a stated time
  • order the teacher to pay costs, which may include
    • any expenses incurred by the QCT in investigating the matter
    • the expenses incurred by the QCT in the proceedings before QCAT
  • order the teacher to pay a fine
  • order that a notation or endorsement about the teacher be entered in the register
  • make another order QCAT considers appropriate
  • accept an undertaking from the teacher.

Reviews and Appeals

A teacher may apply for a review of a PP&CC decision, unless it is a decision to take no further action or to refer the matter to QCAT. That review will be conducted by the Internal Review Committee. The PP&CC decision can then be reviewed by QCAT.

QCAT can also review certain decisions made by the QCT Board.

For more information about QCAT or to contact QCAT, see www.qcat.qld.gov.au.

Find out more about reviews and appeals.

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