Fast facts and statistics
Interesting facts, statistics and historical information about teacher accreditation in NSW are available below.
- On 1 January 2014 NSW Institute of Teachers and the Board of Studies merged to become Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES).
- To start working as a teacher in a NSW school, you must be accredited with BOSTES.
- Teachers who have worked in NSW since before 1 October 2004, and have not had a break from teaching of more than 5 years are not currently required to be accredited.
- Any teacher can choose to seek accreditation.
- There are four levels of NSW teacher accreditation:
- Provisional/Conditional Teacher
- Proficient Teacher
- Highly Accomplished Teacher
- Lead Teacher
- Before the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004, there was no law requiring a minimum qualification to teach in NSW schools.
Statistics (as at 31 December 2014)
- 36,771 NSW teachers are accredited at Provisional or Conditional Teacher level.
- 33,361 NSW teachers are accredited at Proficient Teacher level.
- 117 NSW teachers are accredited at the voluntary Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher levels.
- 371 training providers are endorsed by BOSTES to deliver registered professional development for teachers.
- Over 18,000 BOSTES registered professional development courses are available.
- 103 NSW undergraduate teacher education programs are accredited.
- 31 NSW postgraduate teacher education programs are accredited.