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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, 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


NAP – ICT Literacy sample assessments start on 13 October

10 October 2014

From Monday 13 October around 12 000 Australian students from Years 6 and 10 will be 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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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


What's new


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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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.


ACARA head faces some tough questions

26 September 2014

ACARA CEO Rob Randall is no stranger to being drilled by media, tackling tough questions about everything from NAPLAN to My School, but a question posed by a reporter from The Australian Education Times proved one of his toughest...

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

Tailored test design is sound, feasible and more engaging

25 September 2014

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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Statement from ACARA Chairman: The importance of an Australian Curriculum

19 September 2014

Australia is a relatively small country despite its geographic size. Education is important to the economic and social wellbeing of all Australians and, in an increasingly globalised world, it is important to work collaboratively across the nation to establish what we want young people to learn and be able to do. Education ministers agreed on that in the Melbourne Declaration and the Australian Curriculum is delivering it.

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Online trials come to a close

19 September 2014

ACARA has been undertaking a range of research activities to look at the feasibility and practicality of delivering NAPLAN tests in an online environment. Online trials in almost 270 schools across the country to finalise the targeting of the test design and its branching mechanism have now concluded.

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Teaching children to save lives

17 September 2014

Today at North Cottesloe Primary School, Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, joined Triple Zero hero, five-year-old Ethan Ribiero and his classmates, to launch the Triple Zero Kids Challenge Teachers Guide.

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'Meet and Greet' with Wolfram Mathematica

16 September 2014

On Thursday 18 September ACARA will be hosting a Wolfram Mathematica Language User ‘Meet and Greet’ for key technology stakeholders.

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