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
      Level 13
      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).

2017 disclosure log

Date of access FOI request
(in summary form)
released to applicants
F17-15 31 March 2017 High-level key messages regarding the 2015 school finance data uploaded to the My School website as a part of the 2017 release. ACARA released the requested document in full (no redactions). All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.
F17-16 10 April 2017 Various 2016 emails relating to ACARA's decision to publish the NAPLAN 2008–2011 tests on the ACARA website as a part of ACARA's FOI disclosure log ACARA released the requested document in full (no redactions).
All documents released to the FOI applicant have been made publicly available.


Disclosure log archive 

See Freedom of Information disclosure log for 2011–2016.

Also see:

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 these test papers
  • describes how you can obtain access to government-released answers to all past NAPLAN tests
  • provides you with copyright information; and
  • provides you with some information relevant to parents and carers and the media.

1.    Access to NAPLAN 2008–2011 test papers

Visit the 'NAPLAN 2008–2011 test papers' page of this website.

2.    Freedom of Information

All of the NAPLAN tests published on the ACARA website have previously been released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (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).

3.    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).

4.    NAPLAN 2012–2016 tests

ACARA advises that:

  • The NAPLAN numeracy tests 2012–2014 have been the subject of a decision by the Acting Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, who has decided not to release these tests under the FOI Act – see the Marty Ross decision.
  • It is highly likely that ACARA's FOI decision-maker would make an FOI decision not to release the NAPLAN tests 2012–2014 in the other domains, and the NAPLAN 2015 and 2016 tests, for the same reasons as outlined in the Marty Ross decision. That is, no relevant circumstances have changed since ACARA last made a decision not to release NAPLAN papers for 2012 and beyond.

5.    Government-released answers to all past NAPLAN tests

ACARA advises that the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has publicly released answers to all past NAPLAN tests through its NAPLAN reports guides and handbooks. 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.