ACARA news, July 2017

Release of new data on the National Report on Schooling Data Portal


19 July 2017

ACARA’s interactive resource, the National Report on Schooling Data Portal, has today been updated with available 2016 data. This includes key performance measure data and data on schools and schooling such as: 

  • school numbers, student numbers and staff numbers
  • student–teacher ratios
  • school funding
  • enrolment rates
  • student attendance. 

Charts and tables on the data portal enable users to filter data by state, school sector, school level, type, Indigeneity and other measures. 

The information accessed through the portal is updated twice a year to provide users with the latest information possible. 

See the National Report on Schooling Data Portal on the ACARA website.


New-look Australian Curriculum website launched


12 July 2017

Today the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released a revamped Australian Curriculum website.

“The Australian Curriculum website is a popular resource, but it has been around for a few years in its current form. We have listened to user feedback and we hope users will like the fresh look and a new ‘filter’ option on the home page, which makes content easier to find,” said ACARA CEO, Robert Randall.

ACARA is responsible for the Australian Curriculum, a curriculum for all schools across the nation. The Australian Curriculum ensures that every child, wherever they live or whichever school they attend, has access to the same world-class curriculum. 

The new website features: an updated look and feel, content that is easier to find through a new ‘filter’ option on the homepage, and greater prominence of parent information and student diversity information on the home page. There is no change to the actual curriculum, just how it is presented.

The website will retain its current address of www.australiancurriculum.edu.au and all links to curriculum and resources will be maintained through automatic redirects. If you are using a mobile device, you may need to clear the cache to access the updated site


Coming soon – a new-look Australian Curriculum website!


06 July 2017

Next week we will be releasing a new-look Australian Curriculum website. We have listened to feedback and hope you will enjoy the enhancements to the site. These improvements include a fresh look and feel, and a new ‘filter’ option on the home page that will make content easier to find.

There is no change to the actual curriculum, just how it is presented. The website will retain its current address all links to curriculum and resources will be maintained through automatic redirects.

Users of the older version (7.5) of the Australian Curriculum will still be available to access this by going to a link on the homepage. Version 7.5 of the Australian Curriculum will only be available until the end of 2017.

A preview of the new site:

AC website  - Landing page sample

ACARA’s use of contractors for NAPLAN


04 July 2017

An article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald refers to the use of contractors for the development and administration of NAPLAN. As with many projects of such size and scale, ACARA uses a number of contractors to undertake specialised work whilst ensuring best value for government money.

Processes for awarding contracts follow ACARA’s clearly defined procurement procedures including, where appropriate, by tender.  

ACARA maintains full and final control over all NAPLAN content, procedures and data provided to and derived by its contractors. Contractors are only able to use the data for the purpose of fulfilling their contractual obligations to ACARA; once their work is complete, all data in their possession must be destroyed.  

ACARA’s contracts require that suppliers disclose any conflicts of interest they have relating to the services provided. It is important to note that contractors must securely store and protect NAPLAN data, and ensure that only authorised officers can access NAPLAN data. Each of these officers must individually sign confidentiality and non-disclosure forms.