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For Senior Teachers

About the program

Senior Teachers are experienced teachers committed to high-quality teaching and ongoing professional learning. They play an important role in:

  • providing mentoring, supervision, professional support, counselling and guidance for teachers (including student teachers and graduate teachers) about classroom performance, curriculum implementation and resource development
  • developing pedagogy and contributing to curriculum development
  • effectively contributing to the leadership of school development planning and identifying priorities, and to formal school decision-making processes
  • other duties as required by the principal.

To find out more about the conditions and allowances of teachers in public schools please read the School Education Act Employees’ (Teachers and Administrators) General Agreement 2017.

Option One

The Senior Teacher Professional Learning Program aligns with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and consists of:

  1. ​Completion of an online information session (approximately two hours). This session is designed to develop the skills and knowledge required for the Senior Teacher role. It also demonstrates the requirements of applying through Option One. The following two requirements will be outlined in the information session.  The session contributes two hours to the required 42 hours of relevant and recent professional learning.
  2. Completion of a Professional Learning Record which outlines 42 hours of relevant and recent professional learning.
  3. Completion of The Senior Teacher Application Form which requires principal’s endorsement of the professional learning undertaken.

To complete the online information session please register now.

Option Two

For further information regarding this option please contact Workforce Policy and Coordination 9264 5568 or visit the Apply to be a Senior Teacher webpage.

Applicants select from one of the following categories to apply for Senior Teacher status, and complete the Senior Teacher Application Form:  

  • a unit or course at a university aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • approved research proposal at masters or doctoral level related to an education qualification
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from a Registered Training Organisation
  • equivalent Senior Teacher status gained from another educational provider, comparable to the Department’s Senior Teacher status
  • acting role as School Administrator within past five years (minimum of two terms or six months)
  • permanent retrogression from a School Administrator position within past five years.

Previous participant testimonial

"What I really like about the Senior Teacher Professional Learning Program was although I didn't have any aspirations to go into admin,  it allowed me to delve into and develop my leadership skills whilst staying in the classroom.  I would really encourage anyone to do the Senior Teacher program. The support is there with the Institute. They are only an email away and they give you lots of good advice and then you are able to work in the classroom, help your colleagues and help your school. I'm really glad I did it."

Sarah Adams, Senior Teacher, Campbell Primary School (March 2019)


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The Senior Teacher Professional Learning Program Information Sessions are offered online.

The cost for participants is $10.

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How to register

  • Register now for Senior Teacher Information Session on PLIS.
  • When the information session starts, participants will be a sent a link that will remain active for 30 days.

Further information

Please contact the Leadership Institute on 1300 610 801 or email


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