ACARA was established under Section 5 of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Act (Cth) on 8 December 2008. ACARA’s functions include development of national curriculum, administration of national assessments and associated reporting on schooling in Australia. ACARA’s strategic directions are set by its Charter and any other written instructions from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council. In accordance with its Charter, ACARA submits its rolling quadrennial work plan annually to the Education Council for endorsement. 

The ACARA Board

The first ACARA Board was announced in May 2009.

ACARA’s governance and advisory structure

ACARA receives directions from the Australian Government, state and territory ministers for education through the Education Council and ACARA’s Charter (PDF 588 kb).

ACARA’s Charter sets out the Education Council’s high-level priorities for ACARA. ACARA is supported by a number of advisory groups.

ACARA corporate documents

ACARA’s annual reports, corporate plan and other publications are available on the 'Publications' page of the ACARA website