Teacher entry

Selection guidelines for initial teacher education courses 

Entry requirements

Applicants for initial teacher education (ITE) courses must meet academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Academic entry requirements include subject prerequisites and OP/selection rank thresholds. You can find academic entry requirements for each course in Course Search.

You can meet academic entry requirements with:

  • senior secondary (Year 12) results
  • successful prior study at university or VET level
  • successful completion of relevant professional qualifications
  • approved admissions tests.

Contact the relevant institution for more information on what qualifications are accepted for entry to initial teacher education courses.

To meet the non-academic entry requirements, applicants must demonstrate possession of key competencies outlined by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as those attributes and motivations common to effective teachers.

Applicants must complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate your motivation for, and understanding of, the course and profession. In the questionnaire, you will be asked to rank a series of potentially appropriate statement responses, in order of what you think is most to least important. 

You must also provide written statements addressing the categories and indicators as outlined below:

Category 1: Interest in Teaching and Children/Young People

Write approximately 300–500 words about your motivation and suitability for teaching. You may consider the following prompts to frame your response:

  • Who or what has inspired you to become a teacher?
  • Why is teaching a good career choice?
  • Why are you interested in teaching children/young people?
  • What subjects are you interested in teaching and why?
  • What does being a good teacher mean?
  • What skills and abilities do you have that will make you a good teacher?

Category 2: Involvement in Personal Learning and Leadership Activities

Write approximately 300–500 words about your involvement in learning and/or leadership activities that demonstrate capabilities such as:

  • willingness to learn
  • conscientiousness
  • resilience
  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • organisation and planning skills.

You could demonstrate these capabilities by describing examples from your:

  • school experience (co-curricular participation e.g. arts, sports, debating, social justice)
  • projects (e.g. curriculum projects, science fairs)
  • leadership experiences (e.g. student leadership positions, arts, sports)
  • support of other learners (e.g. peer mentoring, coaching, buddy programmes)
  • work experience
    – employment history and roles
    – employment involving children or young people
    – work based training undertaken
    – work based training provided
  • volunteer and community experience (e.g. community groups, parish/church groups, cadets, lifesaving, fundraising, clubs)
  • community learning and training experiences (e.g. guides, scouts, Duke of Edinburgh awards, St Johns, etc)
  • personal talents, interests and abilities (elite performance e.g. athletic, creative arts, other areas)
  • disadvantage that you have overcome
    – social, cultural or economic
    – geographical – remote and rural
    – personal and health

You may consider the following prompts to frame your response:

  • What learning activities have I been engaged in?
  • What leadership activities have I undertaken?
  • What activities of personal interest am I involved in?
  • How long have I participated? How am I involved?
  • What tasks or events have I planned and/or organised?
  • How have I shown that I can work with others?
  • What do I do to overcome obstacles, challenges or problems?

Completing the online questionnaire

Once you have submitted your QTAC application, and have applied to initial teacher education courses, you will be provided with log-in instructions to complete the online questionnaire. 

You must enter your QTAC reference (application) number when prompted in the questionnaire. 

Your QTAC reference (application) number is a nine- digit number issued to you when you lodged your QTAC application. You will find this number listed in your QTAC welcome email.

Note: If you are applying to more than one initial teacher education course through QTAC, you only complete the online questionnaire once.

Complete the questionnaire, review and then submit. Once you have submitted the assessment, you cannot log back in and change responses (and QTAC cannot change responses on your behalf) so please review your responses carefully before submitting.


Your completed questionnaire will be transmitted to QTAC for processing with your application. 

This assessment will be used as additional admissions criteria to select applicants who also meet the academic requirements for entry. 

Similar to how interview might be used to select candidates, and you wouldn’t receive interview results, you won’t receive results from this assessment. There are no right or wrong answers – just answers reflecting your personal attributes that indicate how suitable you are for teaching. 

So, while you can’t ‘fail’, it is possible that your responses show that the teaching profession may not be best suited to you right now.



Page last updated: 02 Aug 2018