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The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent statutory authority that will improve the learning of all young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting.

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 My School about the performance and resources of more than 9500 schools around the country. We publish a range of reports, including the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) national report.


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Message from ACARA CEO: Welcome to Dr Fiona Mueller, ACARA's new Director, Curriculum

12 February 2016

I am pleased to welcome Dr Fiona Mueller to ACARA as Director, Curriculum. Fiona started with us on Monday 8 February 2016.

Fiona’s appointment to ACARA follows a recruitment process in late 2015, which involved a national and international search to identify the most suitable person for the position of Director, Curriculum at ACARA, replacing Dr Phil Lambert PSM, who formally completed his tenure at ACARA as General Manager, Curriculum on 31 January 2016.

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What's new 


Australian Curriculum: Technologies paper with a focus on critical and creative thinking

18 December 2015

A paper by Julie King, ACARA's Curriculum Lead for digital technologies, has been published in the Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) December newsletter.

Read the paper on the ACSA website

My School updated with 2015 Term 3 student attendance data

18 December 2015

Today, the My School website has been updated with 2015 Term 3 student attendance data.

This update follows on from the release of Semester 1 student attendance data in November 2015.

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Released: the Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages; and Hindi and Turkish curricula

16 December 2015

Following endorsement by the Education Council last week, ACARA has released further language curricula as a part of the Australian Curriculum: Languages. The Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages, and Hindi and Turkish curricula have now been published on the Australian Curriculum website.

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Your child and the Australian Curriculum: fact sheets for parents released

16 December 2015

In order to improve parents’ access to the Australian Curriculum, today ACARA has released a suite of materials designed for parents. Seven fact sheets, written in plain English, describe what is typically taught in each learning area at different year bands throughout school.

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