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The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent statutory authority that aims to improve the education outcomes of all young Australians.

Curriculum: We take a national approach to education through developing and implementing a robust and comprehensive national curriculum. Visit the Australian Curriculum website for more information.

Assessment: We run the national assessment program – the national tests students sit in school – including NAPLAN. We undertake a range of research activities to deliver NAPLAN tests in an online environment in the future.

Reporting: We are responsible for collecting and publishing information on the My School website about the performance and resources of more than 9500 schools around the country. We publish a range of reports, including the National Report on Schooling in Australia  and the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) national report.

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NAP sample assessment – ICT literacy


Top news 

Message from the Chairman: ACARA welcomes the move to better and faster assessment

25 October 2014

ACARA’s Chairman, Professor Barry McGaw AO, welcomed today’s announcement by the Commonwealth Minister for Education, the Hon. Minister Pyne, of a commitment from the Australian Government of $24.7 million to move NAPLAN online.

“ACARA looks forward to moving NAPLAN online as soon as possible – to provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information,” said Professor McGaw.

Read ACARA's media release (PDF 106 kb).

Please direct all media enquiries to: Robyn Ziino, Director, Communications and Strategic Relations: 0404 746 263 

National Assessment and Surveys Online Program: tailored test design 2013 study

Tailored test design is sound, feasible and more engaging

Key findings from the research, completed by ACARA and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, have revealed that the tailored test design – a key concept in the move to online assessment – is sound, feasible and more engaging for students.

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NAP – ICT Literacy sample assessments started on 13 October

From Monday 13 October around 12 000 Australian students from Years 6 and 10 are sitting the National Assessment Program – information and communication technology literacy (NAP – ICT literacy) tests online. These students have been randomly selected from over 650 government, Catholic and independent schools in metropolitan, rural and remote locations around the country.

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Message from the Chairman, ACARA, regarding the report of the Review of the Australian Curriculum

13 October 2014

The Board and staff of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) will take the opportunity to read the report of the Review of the Australian Curriculum now that it has been released. ACARA notes that Minister Pyne will discuss the report with state and territory ministers at the December meeting of the Education Council. ACARA will offer comments and advice to that Council meeting.

Professor Barry McGaw AO
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

Please direct all media enquiries to: Robyn Ziino, Director, Communications and Strategic Relations: 0404 746 263


What's new


Education ministers agree to move NAPLAN online

31 October 2014

At a meeting of Australian education ministers today, the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments agreed to move and fund NAPLAN online. This decision will see NAPLAN testing available in schools to trial from 2016.

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Happy World Teachers’ Day!

31 October 2014

ACARA would like to wish all teachers a happy World Teachers’ Day. Although celebrated in most countries on 5 October, in Australia the day is celebrated on the last Friday of October. Thank you to all teachers for your hard work and commitment to our nation’s children.

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Teachers win in Prime Minister’s prizes for science

30 October 2014

Congratulations to the two science teachers who became recipients of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching at an event held yesterday in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.

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Day for Daniel 2014

28 October 2014

Friday 31 October marks Day for Daniel – a day to raise awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention.

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Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell to represent ACARA in Geneva

22 October 2014

This week, ACARA’s Deputy Chair, Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell, represents ACARA at an international conference of the Centre for Curriculum Redesign (CCR).

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National Children's Week

21 October 2014

National Children's Week is from 18 to 26 October and this year marks the 25th anniversary of Australia’s commitment to the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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ABC Radio National: ACARA chairman discusses civics and citizenship

14 October 2014

ACARA Chairman, Prof. Barry McGaw, recently took part in a discussion for Radio National’s Big Ideas program, talking about the importance of civics education.

Listen to the show on the ABC RN website: Big Ideas: civics and citizenship


Expressions of interest: curriculum writers and experts for languages

10 October 2014

ACARA is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals for the role of curriculum writer or expert to assist in the development of the languages curriculum in Australian Sign Language (Auslan); Classical languages, including Classical Greek and Latin; Hindi; Turkish.

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QCAA develops school resources for G20 Leaders’ Summit

10 October 2014

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) – in partnership with the Department of Education and Training and with the assistance of other government agencies and tertiary institutions – have developed a package of G20 teaching and learning resources for schools.

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Work studies curriculum released: helping young people navigate the world of work

8 October 2014

Today ACARA has released the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies – a world-class, future-oriented curriculum for students in Years 9–10. Work studies is a stand-alone curriculum and has been designed as an elective subject.

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For media enquiries, please contact Robyn Ziino on:  0404 746 263


More languages curricula are available in the Australian Curriculum

3 October 2014

ACARA has made available seven new languages curricula to the Australian Curriculum: for Arabic, German, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Prize winners of National Literacy and Numeracy Week announced

30 September 2014

The National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) 2014 prize winners have been announced.

Thousands of students participated in the week’s official activities – Reach for the Stars, Read for Australia and Poem in your Pocket – between 25-31 August. Schools who submitted activity results on the NLNW website went into the draw for the chance to win some great educational prizes.

Read the Minister for Education's media release.

See the full list of prize winners.


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