Criminal history checks

An applicant/nominee must consent to the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) obtaining their criminal history (if any) when applying for:

  • registration as a teacher in any category
  • renewal of their registration
  • another category of registration

A criminal history check forms part of the fit and proper assessment requirements of the TRBWA and includes both a national criminal history check and in certain circumstances, an overseas criminal history check.  It is different to the Working with Children Check.

The TRBWA considers all convictions, including spent convictions, when examining the fitness of a person to be registered. In circumstances where a result may have the potential to impact the registration process, an individual will be notified and provided with the opportunity to comment.

The TRBWA may also, by notice in writing, request a registered teacher to provide written consent to the TRBWA to obtain a criminal history check at any time during the period of registration.

If a registered teacher fails to provide the consent as requested, the TRBWA will cancel their registration, unless the TRBWA accepts that there are exceptional circumstances as to why consent was not provided.

National criminal history checks

Overseas criminal history checks

Please submit your application to the TRBWA at least 28 days prior to your registration expiry so that in the event there is a delay, your registration will not expire while it is being assessed.