Limited Registration

The category of Limited Registration gives an employer the ability to employ suitably qualified people, who do not hold Full Provisional or Non-Practising Registration, to fill specific teaching roles when needed. This category allows an employer or educational venue (applicant) to make an application for teacher registration on behalf of a nominated teacher (nominee).

To be eligible for Limited Registration, a nominated teacher must:

  • have an offer of a teaching position
  • have the required skills, expertise and/or qualification(s) for the duties of the teaching position 
  • meet the English language requirements for Limited Registration
  • be a fit and proper person to be registered as a teacher.

If a teacher is required urgently

An application for Limited Registration involves the submission of two documents by the applicant (employer):

If a Notice is submitted, a nominated teacher can commence teaching immediately upon receipt of written acknowledgement by the TRBWA. 

The Notice may be submitted prior to or together with the Limited Registration application. However, if the Notice is submitted prior to the submission of the application, the applicant (employer) must submit the application (including payment of the appropriate fee) within 5 days. Failure to do so will result in the teacher no longer being eligible to teach and may represent a contravention of the Act. 

If a complete application, along with payment, is not received within 5 days there is no entitlement for the person to continue to teacher and any teaching already carried out may be subject to a penalty of $5,000 (first offence) or $10,000 (second or subsequent offences) for both the person teaching and for the employer. Please note that, under the Teacher Registration Act 2012, it is an offence to teach whilst unregistered.

If a Notice is not submitted, a nominated teacher will not be legally authorised to teach until Limited Registration has been granted. 

It is important to note that there may be employer/educational venue-related requirements which a person may need to meet before they are able to teach (e.g. screening number). Employer-related requirements are separate from the TRBWA registration process and are outside of the control of the TRBWA.

Apply for Limited Registration

If a teacher is not required immediately, an applicant (employer) is not required to submit a Notice, however, if a Notice is not submitted, the nominated teacher may not teach until the application assessed and the registration has been granted by the TRBWA. 

The Application for Limited Registration form is available on the Forms page of the TRBWA website.

Note: The applicant (employer) must complete the 'Applicant' section of the Application for Limited Registration form and the nominated teacher must complete 'Section 1' of the Application for Limited Registration form and the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) Application and Informed Consent Form.

Once the nominated teacher has printed, completed and signed the NCCHC form, please email it to the TRBWA, together with the completed Application for Limited Registration form, copies of identity documents and supporting documentation required for the application.

The TRBWA will confirm receipt of the application by email, and will provide you with an invoice for payment.

To avoid delays, please take care when checking the completeness of the application.

Combined applications

One or more employers or educational venues may combine to offer part-time or relief positions to a single nominated teacher. They should use the one form and identify a 'primary applicant' who will be responsible for the registration fee.

Renew a Limited Registration

To be eligible for the renewal of a Limited Registration the nominated teacher must:

  • continue to hold the skills, expertise and qualification(s) used to gain registration; and
  • be a fit and proper person to be registered; and
  • demonstrate that they have met the requirements for professional learning.

The Application for the Renewal of Limited Registration form is available on the Forms page of the TRBWA website.

Renewal policy

If a renewal application is received at the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) at least 28 days before the registration is due to expire, the registration will continue until the TRBWA finishes processing the application, even if this happens beyond the registration expiry date. An application includes a completed application, payment and supporting documentation.

Should the application not be received 28 days or more prior to the current registration expiry then the registration will expire on the expiry date. In this case, the teacher will be unable to continue teaching after this date until renewal of the registration is granted.

For more information about the category of Limited Registration, please refer to the Limited Registration Qualifications and Skills Policy and Limited Registration – English Language Policy.