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NSW teachers must submit their application for accreditation at Highly Accomplished or Lead Teacher level online to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA, previously BOSTES). It is important to check that all required documents, referee reports and the external observer report have also been submitted.

To submit your application, you need to log into your online account. All the elements below must be fully completed, before you can submit.

  • Relevant school information
    Make sure that you have comprehensively completed the teacher context information to provide the context(s) for your evidence.
  • Documentary evidence
    Make sure you have consistently titled and annotated each piece or set of evidence.
  • External observer’s report
    The external observer’s report must be completed before you can submit your application. You can view the external observer’s report via the ‘View Observer Report’ list.
  • Referees’ reports
    You will need to keep track of the referees you have identified and whether they have submitted their report. You can view referees’ reports on the page ‘View Referee Reports’ drop-down list. This way you can track when they have completed their reports or not and check that comments for all Standard Descriptors were included.

    You can refer your referees to the Accreditation at Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher – Information for Referees (PDF 566 KB) which has details on the role and responsibilities of referees as part of the accreditation at Lead Teacher level process.
  • Your principal’s or service director’s acknowledgement
    The online application tool will not allow you to submit your application if your principal/ service director has not lodged their acknowledgement. You may need to remind your principal/service director to log into their online account to do this.

    If you are an early childhood teacher and unsure about who, performs this role, then email us at or call 1300 739 338.

    You can refer your school principal/service director to the Accreditation at Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher – The Role of the Principal (PDF 305 KB), for information on the role and responsibilities of the principal/service director in the accreditation of teachers at Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher

Other essential items to upload

  • Teachers overview statement
  • Internal observations of teaching
  • Lead teacher initiative for Lead Teacher accreditation candidates only.
For more information refer to the Policy for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Accreditation (PDF 346 KB).

What happens next?

The next steps involve the review and assessment of your application to decide on accreditation:

  • Your Teacher Accreditation Authority (Highly Accomplished/Lead) or (TAA (A/L), will initially review your application and make a recommendation. They may send your application back to you for minor changes which you will need to do within 90 days. You will not incur an additional fee
  • Your application then goes to the Moderating and Consistency Committee (MCC), convened by the Authority. This committee makes a comparative analysis of a range of reports. They review applications and provide advice back to the TAA (A/L) in relation to the quality of the application based on the the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, the Highly Accomplished Teacher Evidence Guide (PDF 947 KB) and the Lead Teacher Evidence Guide (PDF 767 KB)
  • The TAA (A/L) considers their initial recommendation together with advice from the MCC and makes a final accreditation decision
  • The TAA (A/L) then informs you of their decision.

Who is your TAA (A/L)?

Check to see which TAA (A/L) is responsible for accreditation of teachers at Lead Teacher level at your school. Who is my TAA (A/L)?

More information

Please email us at or call us on 1300 739 338 (within Australia), if you have any questions.

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