Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards news

icon Subscribe by email

Enter your details to receive the weekly BOSTES Bulletin e-zine. Privacy Policy

twitter icon Follow us on


Media releases icon Media releases

Review all media releases.

Media enquiries icon Media inquiries

These contact numbers are for journalists only. Students, teachers and other members of the public should refer to the Contact Us page for the most relevant contact for their enquiry.

News now published on the NESA website
Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017

News now published on the NESA website

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES) on 1 January 2017.

News from NESA, including Official Notices, is now published on the new NESA website:

NESA has an increased focus on:

  • developing evidence-based policy to improve student achievement and support teachers
  • risk-based monitoring of Teacher Accreditation Authorities and schools.

NESA continues to set and monitor quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards. This includes responsibility, across NSW public, Catholic and independent schools, for:

  • Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum
  • accreditation of teachers and teaching degrees
  • the internationally recognised HSC
  • school registration and home schooling.


2017 amendments to TAA Guidelines
Friday, 23 Dec 2016

2017 amendments to TAA Guidelines

BOSTES 50/16

Who needs to read this notice:
Principals and proprietors of non-government schools
Representatives of systems of non-government schools
Providers and Directors of early childhood education centres (‘ECECs’)
Authorised delegates of TAAs for non-government schools and ECECs

Effective from 1 January 2017

The Minister for Education has approved amendments to the Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities for Non-government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres (‘the TAA Guidelines’).

The amendments follow the passing of legislation to establish the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), including changes to the legislation underpinning teacher accreditation authority (‘TAA’) approval.

The amendments relate to:

  • changes regarding the suspension and revocation of teacher accreditation:
     - providing that NESA is the only body authorised to decide to suspend or revoke the accreditation of a teacher
     - requiring TAAs to notify NESA when grounds exist for suspending or revoking a teacher’s accreditation (sections 2, 4 and 5 of the TAA Guidelines)
  • changing references from ‘the BOSTES’ to ‘the Authority’ and other minor edits and clarification (various sections of the TAA Guidelines).

The TAA Guidelines are amended on a transitional basis to encompass the period on and from 1 January 2017 until the NESA Board meets in 2017 and either confirms the amendments or requires changes to be made.

The TAA Guidelines constitute the rules of the BOSTES which, under legislated savings and transitional arrangements, continue to apply when NESA commences on 1 January 2017.

The amended TAA Guidelines are available to download from the Guidelines for the Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities for Non-government Schools and Early Childhood Education Centres webpage.

Please note that the web version of the TAA Guidelines is the most up-to-date version at any time.

The following documents are also available to download:

For more information, contact:
Caraline Cloke
Senior Board Inspector, School Registration and Accreditation Standards
(02) 9367 8170

Dec 20, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
Dec 15, 2016
Dec 14, 2016
Dec 08, 2016