Permission to teach - Queensland


You will need a permission to teach (PTT) if you intend to undertake duties of a teacher in a state or non-state school in Queensland and are not eligible for teacher registration.

You will need to apply for this permission when your employing authority or school:

  • has a vacant teaching position, is unable to find an appropriate registered teacher for the position, and wants to employ in the position a person who is not eligible for registration as a teacher
  • considers that the person has the knowledge, qualifications, skills or training relevant to the vacant teaching position
  • wants to engage the person for delivery and / or assessment of student participation in an educational program which is either based on the national curriculum or is a syllabus developed, revised or purchased for a senior subject or P-10 subjects by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

You will be eligible for permission to teach if you:

  • have been offered a teaching position in a school and the employing authority for, or principal of, the school can not find an appropriate registered teacher to fill the position
  • have knowledge, qualifications, skills or training reasonably considered to be relevant to the teaching position you have been offered
  • are suitable to teach
  • meet any other requirements for professional practice prescribed under the regulation.

You may need to provide evidence of English language proficiency.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $289.22

Person with a current Queensland Blue Card and no criminal history. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $305.17

All other persons. Fees for 2023-24

Application process


For you to apply for permission to teach, your employing authority or school must make an online declaration to the organisation about the position. The declaration must include the name and contact details of the person they want to employ.

Summary of application process

  • Non-state school principal or authorised signatory in the Department of Education and Training submits an online employer declaration via the PTT tab on their school or organisation????????s myQCT account
  • QCT emails the nominated person with information on how to submit a PTT application online
  • Applicant submits PTT application
  • QCT notifies school or employing authority of submission
  • School or employing authority emails the required evidence to
  • QCT notifies applicant of required documents and submission procedures
  • Applicant or school / employing authority pays PTT application fee
  • QCT commences assessment of eligibility for PTT once fees are paid and completed forms and documents have been received
  • If approved, the applicant and employing authority and/or school will be notified by email and a PTT approval notice and certificate will be emailed to the applicant.

Disqualified persons or entities

You are prohibited from applying for permission to teach if you are deemed an excluded person. An excluded person refers to a person who is subject to:

  • offender reporting obligations
  • an offender prohibition order
  • a disqualification order made under child protection legislation
  • a sexual offender order.

An excluded person also includes a person who:

  • is prohibited from reapplying for permission to teach by a practice and conduct order
  • has been convicted of a serious offence, unless that person has been issued with an eligibility declaration.

Administering agency

Queensland College of Teachers

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.