Our governance

ACARA was established under the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Act (Cth) on 8 December 2008.

We are an independent statutory authority.

Our work is directed by the Council of Australian Government's (COAG) Education Council. The Education Council comprises all education ministers across Australia (state and territory ministers of education and the federal minister of education). 

Our charter sets out the Education Council’s high-level priorities for ACARA.

ACARA is governed by the Board Chair, Deputy Chair and ACARA Board representatives from each state/territory. Appointments to the Board are approved by the federal minister for education. 

The ACARA Board has established an Audit, Risk and Finance Committee to provide independent advice, assurance and assistance to the Board on ACARA’s risk, control and compliance framework, and its external financial statement responsibilities. The main functions of the committee are to assist ACARA in meeting its obligations under the PGPA Act 2013 and the ACARA Act 2008, and provide a forum for communication between the Board, senior management and the external and internal auditors. 

Our work is supported by a number of advisory groups.