Disciplinary committee

The Board is required to establish at least one disciplinary committee with three members.

Membership

Each disciplinary committee must include:

  • a lawyer
  • a registered teacher
  • a Board member.

One person may satisfy two criteria.

Disciplinary matters are described here.

Powers and procedures

A disciplinary committee is required to consider complaints referred to it by the Board. Referrals must be accompanied by a report on the Board's investigation. A disciplinary committee, having undertaken a preliminary assessment, can:

  • dismiss the complaint
  • make an interim disciplinary order
  • conduct an inquiry, with the teacher's consent
  • request the Board to undertake additional investigations
  • postpone its consideration pending the outcome of other proceedings
  • refer the complaint to a more appropriate agency
  • recommend that the Board refer the matter directly to the State Administrative Tribunal.

If a disciplinary committee conducts an inquiry, the teacher may be entitled to:

  • call and give evidence
  • examine and cross-examine witnesses
  • make submissions and
  • be represented.

If a disciplinary committee conducts an inquiry, it:

  • must do so with as little formality and technicality as possible
  • may order the teacher to pay costs and expenses to the Board.

After inquiry

If the complaint is substantiated, the committee has a number of orders available to it ranging from a caution or reprimand to suspension of registration for up to 2 years. The committee cannot cancel the teacher's registration. A teacher dissatisfied with the process or outcome of a disciplinary committee inquiry may apply for a review of the matter by the State Administrative Tribunal. Alternatively, the complaint may be dismissed.

Last modified: 10/04/2014 4:07 PM