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Highly Accomplished & Lead Teachers

Highly Accomplished and Lead teacher (HAT & LT) certification is a voluntary and nationally recognised process in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). 

Teachers who gain this accreditation and career advancement are rewarded with a substantial pay increase to help keep our high-performing teachers in the classroom. Please view the document below for details:

Teacher Classification Incremental Advancement Salary Scale

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) contain comprehensive descriptions of what teachers do every day at each career stage. Teachers may apply to be accredited at Highly Accomplished and Lead career stages.  

To achieve accreditation, teachers go through a rigorous national process of evidence collection and lesson observations. This folio of work must evidence how the teacher has positively changed the teaching practice of their peers and increased student outcomes for every descriptor of the APST over the past five years.  

For further information on HAT and Lead Teacher accreditation visit 

Keeping High-Performing Teachers in the Classroom

Our HAT & Lead Teachers on what's best about working for Catholic Education Cairns

Some of our Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers (HAT & LT) share their stories on why they became teachers.