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Are You Eligible To Become An AST1 – Level 9?

If you would like to apply to be re-classified, there is a process available to you under the TasTAFE Teaching Staff Award.

Advanced Skills Teacher 1 (AST1) means an employee appointed at the classification of Band 1, Level 9, as contained in the TasTAFE Teaching Staff Award, who has advanced teaching skills and who provides educational leadership, guidance and mentoring to other employees in respect to preparation, delivery and assessment, evaluation and other techniques related to teaching duties.

To be re-classified, the process and requirements are as follows:

  1. Have you completed at least 12 months service at Band 1 Level 8? AND
  2. Have you completed a Certificate IV in TAA/TAE or equivalent? AND
  3. Have you completed a tertiary degree with appropriate education units? OR
  4. Do you have evidence of consistent involvement in professional development related to your teaching and learning in your area, including return to industry over a three-year period?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to these questions and can provide evidence to support your claims, then you can apply.

While points one and two are self-evident, items three and four could be achieved by submitting your Professional Development Plans from past years with a supporting statement from your manager.

You should also provide evidence of how your professional development has been used to improve your Team’s delivery and assessment activities together with a supporting letter from your manager.

When you have collated all your evidence (including your manager’s contact details, if the panel needs to seek clarification), send your application to Attention AST1 Panel —

If you have commenced employment with TasTAFE after 1 July 2022 then there is not currently a clear way for you to be appointed to an AST1 position.

If you have any difficulty with the AST1 application process, please contact us at

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