ACARA Freedom of Information Disclosure Log
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Freedom of Information disclosure log
Publicly available information released following an FOI access request
ACARA is required by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 s11C to publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011.
The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:
personal information about any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
other information covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’, and
any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above dot points.
The information described in this disclosure log has been released by ACARA under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, and is available for public access.
To obtain a copy of any of this information, please send your request:
By post FOI coordinator
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
280 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Please include the FOI reference number, the date of access and the information you are requesting.
A charge may be imposed to reimburse ACARA for the cost incurred in copying or reproducing the information or sending it to you. There will be no charge for the time spent by ACARA in processing the FOI request that led to this information being made available. You will be notified if any charge is payable and will be required to pay the charge before the information is provided.
Information referred to in ACARA’s disclosure log will generally be removed after 12 months, unless the information has enduring public value.
ACARA will publish information in its disclosure log within 10 working days after the date that the applicant is given access to the document(s).
2019 disclosure log
Date of access
(in summary form)
released to applicants
28 May 2019
ACARA’s budget for the administration of the 2019 NAPLAN Equating study.
ACARA released the requested document in full (no redactions).
All document(s) released to the FOI Applicant are publicly available on request.
|| 24 September 2019
Part 1. Copies of:
- the ACARA templates used to populate emails that ACARA sent to schools or school authorities (correspondence initiated by ACARA) regarding ICSEA scores connected with an individual school or schools in NSW or Victoria only; and
- all email responses from a particular school or school authority, connected with schools in NSW or Victoria only, which raised concerns or questions about the accuracy of a particular schools’ ICSEA score; and
- ACARA’s email responses,
during the calendar year 2019, excluding school details, principal details and department employee details.
Part 2. Similar to part 1, with a focus on correspondence initiated by the schools or school authorities.
| ACARA released three (3) documents in full and two (2) documents in part.
|| All document(s) released to the FOI Applicant are publicly available on request.
Disclosure log archive
See Freedom of Information disclosure log for 2011–2018.
ACARA Freedom of Information (FOI) Policy
ACARA Information Publication Scheme (IPS)
Information regarding the past NAPLAN test papers
The information below:
- describes how you can access most of these test papers;
- describes how you can obtain access to government-released answers to some of the more recent NAPLAN tests;
- provides you with copyright information; and
- provides you with some information relevant to parents and carers and the media.
A. ACARA does not provide access to NAPLAN 2017 tests and NAPLAN 2018 (paper and online) tests. For further information, see point 3 below.
B. ACARA does not publish answers to NAPLAN test questions. However, ACARA advises that the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has published answers to some of the more recent NAPLAN tests through its NAPLAN state reports. An advantage of obtaining the answers through a government authority (over a commercial provider) is that you get assurance that these answers have been checked and authenticated.
1. Access to NAPLAN 2008–2016 test papers
Visit the 'Information regarding past NAPLAN test papers' pages of this website .
2. No access to NAPLAN 2017 (paper tests) and NAPLAN 2018 and 2019 (paper and online) test papers
ACARA does not provide access to the NAPLAN 2017 paper tests and NAPLAN 2018 and 2019 (paper and online) tests. ACARA intends to use these tests for a range of purposes, including ACARA’s research and development studies.
ACARA notes the decision of the Acting Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, in the Marty Ross decision in support of its position.
3. Freedom of information
All of the NAPLAN tests published on the ACARA website have previously been released under the FOI Act. The FOI Act gives you the right to use these NAPLAN tests. It does not give anyone any rights in relation to these tests. For example, the FOI Act does not give you the right to publish or communicate (such as by uploading to an electronic platform) these tests.
For more information, see the ACARA information sheet – NAPLAN tests (PDF 73 kb).
4. Copyright information
ACARA owns all NAPLAN test questions and some of the images. Some images (photographs and illustrations) and some text included in the NAPLAN tests are owned by third parties and licensed to ACARA. ACARA does not grant you any copyright rights in relation to these tests. The NAPLAN tests are for personal use only.
For more information, see the ACARA information sheet – NAPLAN tests (PDF 73 kb).
5. Government-released answers to past NAPLAN tests
ACARA advises that the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has published answers to some of the more recent NAPLAN tests through its NAPLAN state reports. An advantage of obtaining the answers through a government authority (over a commercial provider) is that you get assurance that these answers have been checked and authenticated.
6. Parents and carers
If you are a parent or carer, ACARA supports parent/carer engagement with their children’s learning. You may be interested in information provided on the ‘Parent/carer support’ page of the NAP website and, particularly, our messages that:
- The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure your child that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day. The use of services by coaching providers is not recommended.
- If you have any questions about your child’s preparation for NAPLAN, you should make a time to speak with their teacher.
We also note that each year ACARA updates the My School website with the prior year's NAPLAN data. In recent years it is common for media to publish articles that focus primarily on aggregate student gain at relevant year levels. These stories are interesting, because they show that each school employs teaching strategies that are tailored for the particular student cohort. The best way to understand how your child is performing, their strengths and learning opportunities, and more particularly, the strategies that your child’s school is employing to improve performance, is to speak with your child’s school.
7. Information for media
Under s.42 of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), there is an exception to copyright infringement for fair dealing for the purpose of reporting the news. For more information, see section 42 of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (PDF 521 kb).
This exception would enable the media to create and publish excerpts of these tests for reporting the news, providing that this use falls within the fair dealing exception. What is fair dealing is determined on a case-by-case basis. However, the dealing must ultimately be ‘fair’ and this will depend in part on how much of the tests are published. As this involves a legal assessment, ACARA assumes that the media will obtain their own legal advice, prior to publishing any part of these tests.