Notifications

The QCT works with teachers, employing authorities and other bodies to protect children. In order to achieve this goal teachers, employers and other stakeholders are required to notify the QCT of certain changes and events.

You may be prosecuted if you fail to adequately report these changes to the QCT.

Your obligations as a registered teacher

If you are a registered teacher you are legally obliged under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005 (the Act) to notify the QCT of certain changes in your circumstances. These include

  • a change in your criminal history
  • a change in your circumstances
  • changes to your teaching status in another state.

Check your reporting obligations as a registered teacher and find out how to notify us

Employing authorities

If you are an employing authority responsible for appointing teachers to your staff you are obliged under the Act to inform us

  • at the start and end of an investigation of harm or likely harm to a child due to the conduct of a teacher            
  • of dismissal of a teacher if the teacher’s competence is at issue

Under the Act you are not liable for disclosing information contained in the notice.

Check your full reporting obligations as an employing authority.

Employing authority notifications - Information Sheet (PDF, 406KB).

Employing authority notifications - Guidelines (PDF, 188KB).

Agencies’ obligations

A number of agencies are also obliged to report to us under the Act.

Commissioner of Police

The Commissioner of Police must notify us if a teacher has been charged with or convicted of a criminal offence of any kind, if they reasonably believe the person is or was an approved teacher at the time the alleged offence was committed.

The notice must state

  • your name, address and date of birth
  • the offence type and details, and the date of the charge.

Director of Public Prosecutions

The Director of Public Prosecutions must also notify us if a teacher has been charged with or convicted of an indictable offence, if they reasonably believe the person is or was a registered teacher at the time. An indictable offence is a serious offence usually dealt with in the District or Supreme Court, but which may also be heard by a judge without a jury.

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