The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) is a national body established to promote excellence in teaching and school leadership. AITSL is committed to the key principles of equity and excellence in the education of all young Australians in order to cultivate successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens.
AITSL is the designated assessing authority, under the Migration Regulations 1994, for migration to Australia for school teacher occupations identified on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL).
Teaching Australia was gazetted in 2006 by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), now the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) as the assessing authority for the school teacher occupations. This responsibility was transferred to AITSL in January 2010.
AITSL develops the assessment criteria based on agreed nationally consistent criteria for teacher registration. All applicants, regardless of where they completed their study, will be assessed against three criteria: Educational, Professional, and English language proficiency. Applications must meet all three assessment criteria to obtain a successful outcome.
An AITSL assessment is solely for the purpose of applying for a skilled migration visa.