Our TRB since 1976. SAVED!

Finally! The amended Bill to change the composition of the Teachers Registration Board was passed in the Upper House yesterday  (Thursday 15 October), and will become law in due course.

You may recall, the original Bill introduced by Minister Gardner removed all union nominees, and only included 3 teachers hand-picked by him.

Thanks to a strong campaign by the AEU and the Independent Education Union (IEU), and much community support, the Teachers Registration Board will have at least half teacher members, including 4 AEU nominees and 2 from the IEU.

Your efforts in collecting over 11,000 signatures on our petition have been rewarded!

The win follows success in defending AEU representation on PAC and merit selection panels against recent attacks by the Marshall Government.

The final composition of the TRB will now be as set out in this section of the amended Bill:

Section 9—Membership of Teachers Registration Board


(1) The Teachers Registration Board consists of not less than 10 and not more than 14 members appointed by the Governor of whom
(a) at least 6 must be practising teachers, of whom

(i) 4 must be nominated by the Australian Education Union (S.A. Branch), of whom—

  • (A) at least 1 must be practising in the area of pre-school education; and
  • (B) at least 1 must be practising in the area of primary education; and
  • (C) at least 1 must be practising in the area of secondary education; and

(ii) 2 must be nominated by the Independent Education Union (S.A. Branch); and

(b) the remaining members are members nominated by the Minister, of whom—  
(i) at least 1 must be a legal practitioner; and
(ii) 1 must be a parent of a school student appointed to represent the community interest.

At least half of the members appointed under subsection (1) must be registered teachers.

In nominating members for appointment, the Minister must, as far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that the Teachers Registration Board consists of members who, collectively, have knowledge, skills and experience in the following areas:

(a) teacher education;

(b) matters affecting employers of practising teachers.

(4) The Minister must, before nominating a member for appointment to the Teachers Registration Board, call for expressions of interest under a scheme determined by the Minister for the purposes of this subsection.

(5) The Minister must, before nominating a member for appointment to the Teachers Registration Board, in accordance with any requirements set out in the regulations, have regard to any submissions made by a designated entity in respect of a proposed nomination.

(5a) The Minister must ensure, as far as practicable, that the persons appointed under subsection (1) consist of equal numbers of women and men. [This is the same as the current Act and reinstates the current position].

(6) A person is not eligible to be appointed to the Teachers Registration Board unless a working with children check has been conducted in relation to the person within the preceding 5 years.

(7) In this section—

designated entity means a person or body referred to in Schedule 1.

In summary:

  • Maximum is 14 board members – minimum is ten (quorum will be half plus one – depends on number appointed);
  • Regardless of final quorum – half must be registered teachers (regardless as to who appoints them);
  • Six practising teachers in total (the four from AEU must include the 3 who are from the respective teacher levels – ie: pre-school, primary and secondary levels);
  • One legal practitioner (ministerial appointment);
  • One parent/community member (ministerial appointment);
  • Other appointments must meet the requirement of established expertise in “teacher education” or “mattersaffecting employers of practising teachers”;
  • Governor can only appoint maximum 7 deputies in total (under proposed section 10(4)).Of these – six must be practising teachers and one a legal practitioner.
  • Section 10 (2) remains unamended – the Governor may appoint at any time a person to be appointed as a temporary member for a period not exceeding six months.