1. Why do I pay an annual fee?
To teach in schools throughout Australia and New Zealand, teachers must be registered by a relevant teacher registration authority. Arrangements are essentially the same in all jurisdictions, and all registration authorities rely on fees to meet their costs.
Fees associated with teacher registration in WA, including the annual fee are collected in accordance with the provisions of the Teacher Registration Act 2012 WA.
The Schedule of Fees is prescribed in the Teacher Registration (General) Regulations 2012 and is reviewed from time to time in accordance with the State Government's general review of fees and charges.
By paying the annual fee, you;
continue to be registered to teach
are eligible to lawfully teach in WA and your registration is recognised throughout Australia and New Zealand
are recognised as part of a regulated profession which contributes to community confidence about the suitability of those teachers who are registered to teach
contribute to a teacher registration scheme that operates in the best interests of children
help support the integrity of your profession so that the TRBWA can take appropriate action through its disciplinary processes against those who do the wrong thing.
2. What if I do not pay the annual fee?
If you do not pay the annual fee and have an outstanding balance after the due date, your registration will be cancelled.
3. What can I do if my registration is cancelled and I believe I have paid my annual fee?
If you believe you have paid your annual fee, please email the TRBWA at email@example.com including evidence of your payment. For example, a screen shot of your BPay transaction, including the reference number and payment date. Please include your registration number in your email.
The TRBWA will be in contact with you. We will let you know if your registration will be reinstated or if you need to reapply for registration.
4. What can I do if my registration is cancelled and I still want to be registered?
- If your employer requires you to teach immediately, your employer can apply for Limited Registration.
- You can reapply for registration via Teacher Login.
- If you would like your circumstances considered for reinstatement for non-payment of annual fee, you can request consideration of extenuating circumstances. If your circumstances are not considered extenuating, you will need to reapply for registration.
5. How do I request consideration of extenuating circumstances if my registration has been cancelled?
Please email the TRBWA at firstname.lastname@example.org outlining the nature of the circumstances that prevented you from paying the annual fee by the extended due date (31 May 2020). Please include your registration number in your email and any relevant evidence that you believe will support your request.
For more information, please refer to the Cancellation and Reinstatement for the Non-Payment of Annual Fees Policy.
6. How much is the annual fee and when is it due?
An Annual fee is required to be paid by all registered teachers each year. Usually, the due date is the end of March each year. This fee covers the period from 1 April of the current year to 31 March of the following year. However, the TRBWA recognises that COVID-19 is impacting teachers in many ways. As a result, the Annual fee due date has been extended until 31 May 2020.
All registered teachers will receive an annual fee invoice every February for the full annual fee payment due for the next year of registration.
A late payment processing fee will not be charged for annual fee payments not made by 31 March 2020 but made during April 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19.
If all outstanding fees are not paid by the end of May, the TRBWA will take steps to cancel the teacher's registration.
There are no discounts available on the annual fee.
Information regarding all the TRBWA fees are listed in the Schedule of Fees.
7. I have already paid an annual fee. Why have I been invoiced for another annual fee payment?
Teachers are required to pay the annual fee when they are granted teacher registration.
Teachers who are initially granted registration on any date between 1 April to 30 September inclusive are invoiced for the full year of registration.
If a teacher is initially granted registration on any date between 1 October and 31 March inclusive, they will be invoiced for the last half year of registration up to 31 March. For example, if registration is granted on 2 March, a half year annual fee will apply to cover the period of registration from 2 March to 31 March of that year.
The teacher will also be sent a new annual fee invoice in early February for the full annual fee payment for the next year of registration.
Fees associated with teacher registration in WA including the annual fee are collected in accordance with the provisions of the Teacher Registration Act 2012 WA.
8. How is the annual fee different from the renewal fee?
It is important to note that there are separate and distinct obligations to pay the annual fee and to renew registration. Registered teachers are required to pay an annual fee for their teacher registration every year. A renewal of registration fee is only required to be paid when the teacher makes an application to renew their registration before its expiry.
Of course, in some circumstances a teacher's renewal of registration may coincide with payment of the annual fee. The TRBWA will send separate notifications to remind teachers of the need to meet their obligations.
9. How can I show that I have paid my annual fee? Do I get a receipt?
A paid tax invoice will be available electronically when the annual fee is paid in full.
The paid tax invoice can be accessed at your convenience through Teacher Login under the Finance tab.
The Principal (and their delegates) at your school can confirm you have paid the annual fee by accessing the Teacher Register Information (Professional). Please note, this option is not available for educational venues other than schools.
10. Why is there a late payment fee?
A late payment processing fee is prescribed under the Teacher Registration (General) Regulations 2012. This fee is used to cover costs of following up on late payments in order to minimise the number of teachers becoming unregistered. Refer to the Schedule of Fees for the current fee. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the late payment processing fee will not be applied in April 2020.