Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

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ACARA is responsible for:

  •  National curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12 in specified learning areas.

  •  National assessment program aligned to the national curriculum that measures students’ progress.

  •  National data collection and reporting program that supports:

    • analysis, evaluation, research and resource allocation; and 

    • accountability and reporting on schools and broader national achievement.

View the ACARA Act

The ACARA Board

The ACARA Board was announced in May 2009. Professor Barry McGaw AO is the Chair of the Board and Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell is the Deputy Chair of the Board.

ACARA’s governance and advisory structure

ACARA receives directions from the Australian Government, state and territory ministers for education through the Education Council (prior to 1 July 2014 known as the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood, SCSEEC), ACARA’s Charter (pdf 56 KB) and a two-year Letter of Expectation (pdf 2.2 MB) (latest versions August 2012).

ACARA’s Charter sets out the Education Council’s high level priorities for ACARA, with the Letter of Expectation providing greater detail on deliverables expected by ministers within a two-year period. ACARA is supported by a number of advisory groups.