About Us



Promoting excellence so that teachers and school leaders have the maximum impact on student learning in all Australian schools.

The Institute's role is to:

  • develop and maintain rigorous Australian professional standards for teaching and school leadership
  • implement an agreed system of national accreditation of teachers based on these standards
  • foster and drive high quality professional development for teachers and school leaders through professional standards, professional learning and a national approach to the accreditation of pre-service teacher education courses
  • undertake and engage with international research and innovative developments in best practice
  • work collaboratively with government and non-government school systems, key stakeholders including professional associations and education unions, teacher educators, business and school communities, and the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and Education Services Australia (ESA)
  • fulfil the role of assessing authority under the Migration Regulations 1994 for the purposes of skilled migration to Australia as a pre-primary, primary or secondary school teacher.

Operating Principles

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) conducts its business in accordance with the following operating principles:

  • Adopting a national perspective
  • Engaging with stakeholders, including the profession
  • Catalysing action
  • Focusing on quality teaching and school leadership
  • Collaborating and communicating
  • Building and using an evidence base.