Limited registration

The category of Limited Registration gives an employer the ability to employ suitably qualified people who are not registered teachers to fill specific teaching roles when needed. This category allows an employer or school (applicant) to make an application for teacher registration on behalf of a nominated teacher (nominee).

To be eligible for Limited Registration, a nominee must

  • have an offer of a teaching position
  • have the required skills, expertise and/or qualification(s) for the duties of the teaching position offered
  • have the English language skills required for teachers in Western Australia
  • be a fit and proper person to be registered.

If a teacher is required urgently

Limited Registration allows a nominee to be registered to teach immediately. The application involves the submission of two documents by the employer:

Importantly, a nominee may commence teaching once the Notice is submitted and receipt is acknowledged by the TRBWA.

Ideally, these two forms should be submitted together, although they may be submitted separately. However, please note that a complete application, accompanied by the application fee, must be submitted either at the same time, or, at the very latest, within five days of the submission of the Notice.

If a complete application, along with payment, is not received within 5 days there is no entitlement for the person to continue to teach 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.

It is important to note that there may be employer/school-related requirements which a nominee may need to meet before they are able to teach. Employer-related requirements are separate from the TRBWA registration process and are outside of the control of the TRBWA.

To apply for Limited Registration

If a nominee is not required urgently, an employer is not required to first lodge a Notice, however, if a Notice is not lodged, the nominee may not teach until a successful assessment of the application has been made and the nominee has been granted registration by the TRBWA. To download an application for Limited Registration please click here.

Note: You must download and complete the 'Applicant' section of the Application for Limited Registration form and the nominee must complete the 'Nominee' section of the Application for Limited Registration form and the Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) Application and Informed Consent Form.

Once the nominee 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 the nominee's identity documents and supporting documentation required for the application.

The TRBWA will confirm receipt of the application by email, and will provide 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 nominee. They should use the one form and identify a 'primary applicant' who will be responsible for the registration fee.

To Renew a Limited Registration

To be eligible for the renewal of a Limited Registration the nominee 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

To download an application for renewal of Limited Registration please click here.

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.

See also:

Limited Registration Qualifications and Skills Policy

Limited Registration – English Language Policy