Associations

Australian Professional Teachers Association - APTA

The Australian Professional Teachers Association (APTA) is a federation of state and territory joint councils of teacher professional associations representing over 120 000 teachers, from government and non-government schools within Australia.

Our work provides value to the community, ensuring ongoing support for the profession while developing quality teaching and leadership. Each state and territory has a joint council which is a member of the APTA. Each of these councils represents its professional education member associations. All of these associations are managed and maintained by professional educators. The APTA provides a national voice for Australian teachers from all sectors and all levels of education.

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership - AITSL

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides national leadership for the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership.

AITSL is a public company (ABN 17 117 362 740) limited by guarantee, established under the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001 and subject to the provisions of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.  It is funded by the Australia Government and the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations is the sole member of the company.  The Institute operates under its own constitution, with decisions made by an independent board of directors.

Queensland College of Teachers - QCT

The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) is a Queensland government statutory body, established in January 2006.

Its purpose is to regulate, enhance and promote the teaching profession in Queensland in the best interests of the public and the profession.

The QCT's operating costs are covered mainly by income derived from registration fees.

The main functions of the Queensland College of Teachers are listed in the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005. These include:

  • granting teacher registration or permission to teach to eligible persons;
  • deciding how a person must satisfy initial and ongoing eligibility requirements for registration and permission to teach;
  • ensuring approved teachers continue to meet eligibility requirements including, for example, monitoring the compliance of approved teachers with conditions of registration or permission to teach;
  • arranging criminal history checks of approved teachers and applicants for registration or permission to teach;
  • approving and monitoring preservice teacher education programs for provisional registration;
  • developing and applying professional standards for entry to, and continuing membership of, the teaching profession;
  • keeping a register of, and records relating to, approved teachers. 
    conducting investigations about the professional conduct or competence of an approved teacher or former approved teacher;
  • developing and applying codes of practice about the professional conduct or practice of approved teachers;
  • undertaking or supporting reviews and research relevant to the regulation of the teaching profession, including reviews and research commissioned and funded by the Minister; and
  • promoting the teaching profession to the public.

Queensland Education Leadership Institute - QELI

By providing access to to innovative and quality leadership programs and services, QELI supports education leaders to make a difference. We aim to be recognised as a world leader in providing quality school leadership programs. 

QELi is a non-profit organisation with initial funding from Queensland Government to deliver programs to all sectors. We recognise that flexibility of leadership styles across schools and systems is imperative. We offer a range of programs for school leaders at all stages of the development journey.