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Teaching standards timeline

Teaching in NSW is a standards-based profession. Since 2004, every new teacher has used the Australian professional standards for teachers (the standards), and engaged in the accreditation process.

YearKey events
2018All NSW teachers required to be accredited
The Teacher Accreditation Act 2004 (amended 2014) requires all NSW teachers to be accredited against Australian standards from 2018 in order to teach in NSW schools.
2017NESA replaces BOSTES
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaces the NSW Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) with responsibility for quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards.
2014BOSTES established
The NSW Institute of Teachers ceased and BOSTES established with responsibility for school curriculum, assessment, and teaching and regulatory standards.
2013The department endorsed to provide courses at higher stages
The NSW Department of Education (the department) gains broad endorsement to provide registered professional learning to assist teachers to maintain their accreditation at the highly accomplished and lead teacher career stage.
2012Australian Professional Standards for Teachers adopted in NSW
The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (opens in a new window) is adopted and all NSW teachers employed after October 1, 2012 are required to become accredited to Australian standards.
2011Australian Professional Standards for Teachers released
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) releases the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the standards) as a public statement that makes explicit what effective teachers should know and be able to do.
2010AITSL established by the Australian Government
AITSL established to provide national leadership in promoting excellence in teaching and school leadership.
Melbourne Declaration
Through the 2008 Melbourne Declaration, all Australian states and territories commit to ensuring that all young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active informed citizens.
2006The department endorsed to provide registered courses
The department gains broad endorsement to provide registered professional development to assist teachers to maintain their accreditation at the proficient teacher career stage.
2004Teaching standards introduced in NSW
The NSW Institute of Teachers is established, by the department, in an Act of Parliament. NSW Professional Teaching Standards are introduced and all teachers employed after October 1, 2004 are required to become accredited against the standards.

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