Notifications and complaints


The Teacher Registration Act 2012 (Act) requires every teacher to notify the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) when certain events occur.

  • A registered teacher must notify the TRBWA in writing within 14 days if they are issued with an interim negative notice or negative notice under the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004.  (s.40 notice )
  • A registered teacher must notify the TRBWA in writing within 30 days if:
    • they, or their current/former employer is ordered to pay damages or compensation because of something which occurred while they were teaching (s.38 notice​)
    • ​​ they are convicted of an offence, the statutory penalty for which is, or includes imprisonment (whether or not the teacher is actually imprisoned and whether or not the conviction is 'spent') (s.38 notice​)​
    • any qualification relied on in their registration application is withdrawn or cancelled by the institution that conferred that qualification. (s.39 notice)​

Failure to notify the TRBWA of any of the above is an offence which may incur a penalty of $5,000.

Making a complaint about a teacher

Any member of the public may make a complaint in writing to the TRBWA about the conduct of:

  • a registered teacher
  • a person who was a registered teacher at the time of the alleged conduct.

Complaints  can be made, either:

by post to:

               Assistant Director
               Investigations and Compliance Branch
               Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia
               PO Box 3019
               East Perth   WA   6892

by email to:

by phone to:  08 9223 9101 

The TRBWA will usually notify the teacher that a complaint has been made about them. However, the TRBWA may delay advising the teacher about a complaint in certain circumstances.​​