A trainee teacher was on various benefits and failed to advise that he had started a de facto relationship.  This meant he was overpaid $7,000 of benefits.

The trainee teacher was convicted and sentenced to community work, and the conviction was referred to the Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal.

The Tribunal found that there was some confusion over the benefit entitlements and that the overpayments had been repaid.  They concluded that the public and profession were not at risk from the trainee teacher being registered, and therefore imposed a censure instead of refusing registration.