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Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards: Professional Teaching Standards

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (published December 2012) and adopted by the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES), define the knowledge, practice and professional engagement needed for high quality, effective teaching that improves student learning outcomes. The Standards use nationally agreed indicators of teacher quality to guide the preparation, support and development of teachers throughout their careers from Graduate to Proficient Teachers, to Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers.

Download the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (PDF 2.2mb)

Changes to the Teaching Standards

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, instead of the NSW Professional Teaching Standards, now provide the framework for NSW teacher accreditation. Accreditation in NSW is managed by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).

  • Teachers working to the old NSW Standards can either continue or transition to the new Standards – depending on much of their accreditation they have already completed.
  • The similarity between the two sets of Standards means that teachers working under the NSW Standards can continue to develop their practice against a familiar framework.
  • The transition to the new Standards for Proficient Teacher Accreditation (Professional Competence within the NSW Standards) will occur during 2013 and 2014.

Which Standards should you follow?

  • Teachers who started teaching in NSW before 1 October 2012 may continue to use the NSW Professional Teaching Standards at Professional Competence level, but need to achieve Proficient Teacher Accreditation (the equivalent of Professional Competence) by the end of 2014. They may also choose to use the Australian Standards at the level of Proficient Teacher, if they have not yet started annotating your evidence.

How can you get your accreditation before the end of 2014?

If you started teaching before 1 October 2012 and would like to finalise your accreditation at Professional Competence level download the following documents:

NSW Professional Teaching Standards (PDF 344kb)

Information for New Scheme Teachers at Professional Competence (PDF 102kb)

Professional Competence Evidence Guide (Microsoft word 479kb)

How do I become Accredited at Professional Competence (PDF 518kb)

Returning and Experienced Teacher Support Material (PDF 33kb)

Advice for Casual and Part-time Teachers (PDF 295kb)

Teacher Accreditation Authorities Guide (PDF 133kb)

How do I support a teacher to become accredited at Professional Competence (PDF 338kb)

Advice for Teachers Completing the Accreditation Report (PDF 24kb)

Template for the Accreditation Report at Professional Competence (Microsoft word 181kb)

If you are already accredited using the old NSW Standards, are there any changes?

All teachers accredited against the NSW Standards at the level of Professional Competence will be automatically transferred to Proficient Teacher status. These teachers should receive an email from the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards’ (BOSTES) confirming this change.

Why did the Standards change?

Using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers is an agreement between all Australian States and Territories. This aims to deliver consistent teaching practices, professional development, and support for new, current and returning teachers across Australia.

Has BOSTES' role changed?

No. BOSTES (formerly the NSW Institute of Teachers) continues to oversee the process of accreditation, with Teacher Accreditation Authorities (TAA) across NSW authorised to make accreditation decisions.

More about what we do

More information

Contact the Teaching Standards team by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call directly on 1300 739 338 (within Australia).

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