Professional Development

Professional development [n.]

Professional development may be used in reference to a wide variety of specialised training, formal education, or advanced professional learning intended to help administrators, teachers, and other educators improve their professional knowledge, competence, skill, and effectiveness.
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Professional Development is an integral component of teacher development. At best, it is a process that works individually with the strengths and needs of a specific teacher to create higher capability and understanding. Continuing or Continuous Professional Development, Staff Development and Mentoring are other common terms used in this area.

This page looks at Professional Development information from all Australian states & territories.

The Second Page looks at other Australian information. It has sections on Leadership Development, resources, programs and associations.

The following pages also include links to this area Conferences and Beginning Teachers.

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

  • ACT Education and Training Directorate
  • Updated ! Professional Learning
    Home page for the ACT Government system. This includes links to the following and more :
  • Other Sources

New South Wales

  • NSW Department of Education
  • MyPL
    ‘MyPL allows all staff within the Department of Education to manage their professional learning. It is available in the DoE staff portal’. Multiple section cover all aspects.
  • Professional Learning
    ‘Professional learning is a key component of continuous improvement’. Multiple sections from Leadership to Future-focused professional learning.
  • Professional Learning Policy for Schools
    Online, background, links to related documents. 2014.
  • Quality Teaching Rounds
    ‘Quality Teaching Rounds brings together the strengths of professional learning communities, instructional rounds and the Quality Teaching model’.
  • Teacher Professional Learning - Arts Unit
    ‘High quality, engaging professional learning, available to support all Art Unit program’.
  • NSW Institute of Teaching
  • Other Sources

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Northern Territory

  • NT Department of Education
  • Music School
    Consultancy and professional development are part of their brief.
  • Curriculum Resources : Learning Links
    ‘A comprehensive range of resources have been developed to support teachers. This support is available through Learning Links’.
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  • Professional Learning
    Link to this area on the Departmental Intranet.
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  • Catholic Education Office
  • Professional Pathways
    ‘Access a range of professional development activities through the Catholic Education Office in Darwin and support staff employed by the Department of Education’.
  • Other Sources
  • AISNT, Professional Learning
    ‘Creates and delivers high quality Professional Learning including seminars, hands-on workshops, study tours, and licenced/partnership training initiatives’.
  • Teacher Registration Board NT - Professional Learning
    ‘Teacher professional learning is an ongoing process supported by planned learning activities and programs designed to enhance professional knowledge, practice and engagement’.


  • Education Queensland
  • A Fresh Start
    ‘Details a suite of interconnected initiatives focused on the starting point in the teaching workforce cycle and demonstrates a renewed commitment to addressing issues across the areas of teacher supply, initial teacher education, and supervision, mentoring and induction’.
  • Professional Development
    Home page for professional development at Education Queensland. Several aspects are noted below :
  • QCAA
  • Queensland College of Teachers
  • Teach Queensland
  • Other Sources

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South Australia

  • Department for Education & Child Development
  • Other Sources


  • The Department for Education
  • Other Sources

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  • Catholic Education Offices
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Leadership
    ‘Opportunities and resources are available for the professional development of school leaders and administrators’. Associated pages include :
  • CASES21 Training
    ‘CASES21 training is provided for business managers, principals and administration staff at thirteen regional training centres. Courses range in length from a few hours to six half-day sessions’.
  • Dimension : Building leadership teams
    ‘This dimension is part of the Professional Leadership priority and is identified as a high-impact Improvement Initiative’.
  • iLead 360° Reflection Tool
    ‘Using the 360° Reflection Tool provides Senior Education Improvement Leaders, Government School Principals and Assistant Principals with the opportunity to connect with the Australian Professional Standard for Principals ​and gather formative feedback on the leadership behaviours they exhibit in their daily work’.
  • Induction for First Time Principals
    ‘Information to assist school principals taking up their first appointment as a principal’. Select the second of the three options on the page.
  • People and Leadership
    ‘Leadership Charter, Investing in our People Strategy, People Matter Survey’.
  • Independent Schools Victoria
  • Professional Learning
    ‘A variety of seminars are run throughout the year to benefit the broadest possible school community across a number of areas’ including Leadership and Educator programs.
  • Victorian Institute of Teaching
  • Other Sources

Western Australia

  • Department of Education
  • Catholic Education Office
  • Other Sources

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