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Disciplinary proceedings

QCAT conducts disciplinary proceedings against teachers following a referral of a disciplinary matter by the Queensland College of Teachers (college) or the Professional Practice and Conduct Committee (committee). Only the college or committee can apply to commence disciplinary proceedings against a teacher in QCAT.

Disciplinary proceedings may be:

QCAT can also review decisions made by the college or the committee.


Show cause disciplinary matters

In a show cause disciplinary matter if QCAT finds that grounds for discipline against an approved teacher are established, the tribunal may decide to cancel the teacher’s registration or remove permission for them to teach. If QCAT does not cancel the approved teacher’s registration or remove permission for them to teach, the tribunal may:

  • take no further action against the teacher
  • end the teacher’s suspension
  • issue a warning or reprimand to the teacher
  • impose, amend or remove conditions on the teacher’s registration or permission to teach
  • suspend the teacher’s registration or permission to teach for a stated period of time
  • require that a particular notation or endorsement about the teacher be entered in the register
  • require the teacher to pay a fine to the college
  • require the teacher to pay to the college, by way of costs, an amount QCAT considers appropriate having regard to any expenses incurred by the college in investigating the matter or incurred in the proceedings
  • make another order that the tribunal considers appropriate
  • accept an undertaking from the teacher.

In a show cause disciplinary matter QCAT may prohibit a former approved teacher from reapplying for registration or permission to teach for a period of time.

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Non-show cause disciplinary matters

In disciplinary matters that are not show cause matters, for approved teachers the tribunal may:

  • decide to take no further action
  • end the teacher’s suspension
  • issue a warning or reprimand to the teacher
  • impose conditions on or amend or remove conditions on the teacher’s registration or permission to teach
  • suspend the teacher’s registration or permission to teach for a stated time
  • require that a particular notation or endorsement about the teacher be entered in the register
  • cancel the teacher’s registration or permission to teach
  • if the teachers’ registration or permission to teach is cancelled prohibit the teacher from reapplying for registration or permission to teach for not more than five years
  • require the teacher to pay a fine to the college
  • require the teacher to pay to the college costs QCAT considers appropriate having regard to any expenses incurred by the college in investigating the matter or incurred in the proceedings
  • make another order the committee considers appropriate
  • accept an undertaking from the teacher.

In disciplinary matters that are non-show cause matters for former approved teachers the tribunal may:

  • decide to take no further action
  • require a particular notation or endorsement about the teacher be entered in the register
  • if QCAT would have made an order cancelling the teacher’s registration or permission to teach, where the teacher had been an approved teacher, prohibit the teacher from reapplying for registration or permission to teach for not more than five years from the day the order was made
  • require the teacher to pay to the college costs QCAT considers appropriate having regard to any expenses incurred by the college in investigating the matter or incurred in the proceedings.

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Review of the college’s or committee's decision

QCAT is able to review decisions relating to registration, permission to teach, disciplinary action or the preservice teacher education program made by the college or the committee.

Apply for a review of the college's or committee's decision.

Any description of QCAT's jurisdiction on this website is general information only and is not intended to precisely define the types of applications that QCAT has the power to decide. QCAT's jurisdiction is determined by the relevant legislation. If you are unsure about your legal rights you should seek legal advice. Any actions taken to resolve your dispute should be determined by your individual circumstances.

If you are seeking a review of an authority's decision, generally you must apply within 28 days of the decision being made. There are exceptions to this rule - check your information notice about the specific time limit in your case.

Last reviewed
9 November 2011
Last updated
27 March 2012

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