Review of Education Regulation

Draft Education Legislation Amendments (Education Regulation) Bill 2021

The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring that public consultation processes are open and transparent and we are seeking your input on the Draft Education Legislation Amendments (Education Regulation) Bill 2021.

The Draft Bill will amend 6 separate pieces of legislation including the Education Act 2016, the Teachers Registration Act 2000 and the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification Act 2003. It also makes minor amendments to seven pieces of subordinate legislation.  

The Draft Bill makes important amendments such as:

  • broader application of the Education Act 2016 principles to facilitate an approach to regulation that is centred around the learner and achievement of outcomes for learners
  • providing for a performance framework for the regulators, including the development of outcome-based performance targets
  • establishing skills-based boards for the Teachers Registration Board (TRB), Office of the Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC) and the Non-Government Schools Registration Board (NGSRB).

The Draft Bill has been developed following considerable consultation with relevant stakeholders.  

A Fact Sheet has been developed for the Draft Bill. 

Consultation on the Draft Bill closed on 22 August.

Document to assist navigation

To assist you to navigate and understand the Bill, we have mapped the Report recommendations to the specific clauses in the Draft Bill.

Public Submissions

In accordance with the Tasmanian Government Public Submissions Policy submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website once consideration of submissions has concluded. No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.

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The Teachers Registration Board Tasmania (TRB), the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC), the Registrar Education (The Registrar), and the Non-Government Schools Registration Board (NGSRB) regulate and drive quality in the Tasmanian education system.

These entities provide services for all education sectors. They support government schools, independent schools, Catholic schools and Vocational Education and Training.

As part of the 2019-20 State Budget, the Government committed to a review of the regulatory framework supporting these entities. This was supported by all education sectors.

The regulation administered by these entities can affect:

  • the quality of teaching that learners experience
  • how learning is assessed and recognised
  • the quality and safety of their learning environments; and
  • the extent to which students are participating and engaged in learning pathways.

The review will seek to achieve the following outcomes:

  • a modern governance framework that allows an agile approach to delivering critical functions
  • a sustainable, transparent, and more efficient funding model
  • a model that drives the adoption of better practice regulation focused on delivering educational outcomes for learners
  • a model which ensures the provision of independent advice to the Minister.

Steering Committee

The Minister established a cross-sectoral steering committee chaired by Mr Tony Luttrell, with representatives from each of the government, independent and Catholic school sectors, the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The Steering Committee comprises:

  • Mr Tony Luttrell (Chair)
  • Dr Gerard Gaskin – Executive Director Catholic Education Tasmania
  • Mr Tony Crehan – Executive Director Independent Schools Tasmania
  • Mr Tim Bullard – Secretary, Department of Education
  • Mr James Craigie – Deputy Secretary Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Ms Sue Kennedy – Director Intergovernmental Relations, Department of Premier and Cabinet


The previous Minister for Education and Training, Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, released the Review of Education Regulation Steering Committee Report.

The Steering Committee has also published a What We Heard Report which summarises feedback received during the consultation period.

A Fact Sheet and summary of the recommendations have also been published.

Prior public consultation on a Discussion Paper commenced on 25 August 2020 and concluded on 4 October 2020.

Ms Alice Blake

Principal Policy Analyst


Phone: (03) 6165 6419