The Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria (CPTAV) is the peak body representing professional teaching associations in Victoria. Its thirty-five member associations are composed of subject specific, discipline based and cross-curricular organisations, which represent teachers across all sectors.
The CPTAV mission is “to guide, support and provide leadership for professional teaching associations throughout Victoria” and its main objective is to assist all members to enhance their capacity for delivering quality professional learning and programs enabling Victorian teachers to improve student learning. CPTAV acts as a conduit, facilitating access to professional teaching associations.
At both state and national levels, the CPTAV plays a vital advocacy role, stimulating professional debate on matters of educational importance.
The CPTAV committee of management is made up of representatives from a variety of curriculum areas including arts, language, sciences, humanities and technology. All levels of education are represented from F – 12 and tertiary, in the F -12 cohorts there are representatives of Government, Catholic and Independent schools.
In the role of peak body we advocate for the teaching profession and have regular contact with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to build both professional learning programs and teacher capacity. With the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, CPTAV and member organisations work to revise curriculum and deliver curriculum training.
Benefits of being a member of CPTAV:
- As a member of the CPTAV you are automatically a member of the national body the Australian Professional Teaching Associations (APTA). APTA works with states and territories to advocate at a national level about the importance of the profession of teaching and the value that professional teaching associations provide for them. APTA then advises CPTAV of current trends to which in turn assists CPTAV in supporting its members. To view their website click here,
- The CPTAV works with a variety of Government agencies and acts on behalf of professional teaching associations. The CPTAV see’s its role as informing professional teaching associations and creating opportunities to benefit members. The executive officer is in regular contact with DEECD, VIT, VCAA, AITSIL and ACARA,
- Through the support of the Strategic Partnerships Program the CPTAV provide contemporary professional learning and programs with a variety of relevant and current issues for professional teaching associations and their committee of managements. These programs and events can range from governance, legal updates, constitutional awareness, establishing policy and procedure or more practical sessions like networking, association leaders dinner and first aid,
- Access to support, advice or a mentor for professional teaching associations, their staff and or committee of management,
- The CPTAV as operational managers of the Statewide Resources Centre (SRC Centre) provides access for all professional teaching association members to;
11. The SRC Centre has 4 meeting rooms available to members to book online. Meeting rooms A and B, if booked together can hold between 60 - 80 people depending on configuration or if booked individually 30 – 40. Meeting room C can hold 30 – 50, depending on configuration. Meeting room D is a small meeting room for up to 6 people. Each meeting room has access to a shared kitchen facility, which provides catering cutlery, crockery, fridges, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and water urns. Meeting Room B has a mounted data projector,
12. Each meeting room has Wi-Fi access for participants to utilise during presentations,
13. AV equipment is available, if booked in advance (3 portable data projectors, projector screen and 2 lectern’s),
14. Each meeting room has kitchen facilities to utilise in the space if needed (bench, sink and fridge),
Note: The SRC Centre has policies in place for members to be aware of when using the space. As the SRC Centre is a shared space it is important that members clean up after themselves and place meeting rooms back in order for the next user.
- The CPTAV is an institutional member of Melbourne Graduate House. This membership enables CPTAV member’s access to book meeting rooms free of charge. Melbourne Graduate house has 3 meeting rooms and can provide in-house catering and AV support. For more information or to make a booking contact the CPTAV office team and we can connect you with Melbourne Graduate House,
- The CPTAV has negotiated a group insurance scheme with Insurance Solutions (IS) titled The Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria Public and Liability Insurance Scheme. This enables all members to receive a heavily discounted public and products liability insurance. If you are a current member and would like more information please contact the CPTAV office team,
- The CPTAV has an institutional membership with the Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE). This allows 10 CPTAV members to nominate an individual to receive the benefits of AuSAE for up to 1 year. The individual could be a committee of management or a staff member. To nominate an individual download an application form from the members area on the CPTAV website or contact the CPTAV office team. If your association is successful in your application the individual will receive the following benefits;
11. Receive discounts to professional learning and attend free member events of AuSAE,
12. Access to online support through the AuSAE Online Community,
13. Access to resources provided by AuSAE,
14. Receive the Third Sector magazine and receive up to date e-newsletters from AuSAE,
The CPTAV has an institutional membership with Associations Forum. The CPTAV members can also apply to receive a governance workshop or a constitutional review through this membership. If you wish to apply for this please download the application from the members section on the CPTAV website or contact the CPTAV office team. The Associations Forum institutional membership allows all CPTAV members access to the following benefits;
11. To receive access to policy and advocacy documents to support the not for profit sector. The CPTAV will work with Associations Forum to interpret these documents to be of value to members,
12. Access to the Associations Forum Online and be provided with general advice,
13. Provided with the annual salary survey from Associations Forum,
14. Receive 3 journals and regular e-newsletters,
15. Able to attend free member meetings and discounts to Associations Forum professional learning events,
- The CPTAV has negotiated with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to have a Polycom unit installed in the Statewide Resources Centre. The Polycom allows CPTAV members to facilitate teleconferences with teachers and students throughout Victoria. The Polycom is permitting professional teaching associations to reach a regional market at a low cost. To book the Polycom system and or receive assistance in how to utilise it please contact the CPTAV office team,
- The CPTAV office team produce a semester based professional learning and programs calendar to be sent out to all schools throughout Victoria. The calendar is sent to principals and key stake holders to inform them of professional learning and programs on offer for Victorian teachers. This raises awareness of professional teaching associations and gives an overview of just how many programs and events are on offer each semester,
- As a CPTAV member you will receive regular email updates and monthly e-newsletters informing you of upcoming events and relevant information about professional teaching associations and the not for profit sector,
- As a CPTAV member you will have access to relevant case studies and resources for professional teaching associations. These resources will support professional teaching associations committees and staff members to inform them about current policies or legislation. The case studies will highlight best practice and models being used by professional teaching associations. The case studies will be posted on our Youtube channel or uploaded to our members section on the website,
- The CPTAV is a sponsor of the Education Show at Caulfield Race Course. This enables members to have a free table at the Education show each year to highlight their work and connect with teachers and students from throughout Victoria. The Education Show is in August of each year and CPTAV members are encouraged to participate.