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The QCAA provides a range of educational services to Queensland schools and the community.


The QCAA develops and revises syllabuses and guidelines for the Kindergarten Year to Year 12 and accredits syllabuses and guideline prepared outside of the QCAA. It also offers services and resources to help teachers implement QCAA syllabuses.

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Additionally, the QCAA registers schools to deliver vocational education and training for Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and accredited courses.

Assessment and moderation

It is the QCAA's role to determine procedures and implement quality assurance for Queensland's system of continuous school-based assessment in the senior phase of learning.

The QCAA advises schools about administering assessment, and coordinates the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in Queensland.

Additionally, the QCAA designs, administers and marks the Queensland Core Skills Test and administers the Senior External Examination.


The QCAA manages the procedures for student certification and issues certificates of achievement, such as the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement (QCIA), and provides certified copies of certificates and other educational results. The QCAA is responsible for deciding equivalency for school qualifications obtained at educational institutions outside Queensland. See Certificates and qualifications for more information.

The QCAA also records achievements in approved areas of learning, and reports data on Year 12 outcomes to the public. See the Statistics section for details.

Tertiary entrance

The QCAA develops tertiary entrance procedures, issues tertiary statements and provides information to the public about tertiary entrance procedures and requirements.


The QCAA conducts and commissions research and undertakes policy analyses in areas such as syllabus development and evaluation, assessment, testing and certification.

Research reports produced by the QCAA will be published on this website as they become available. Archived reports of the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA), Queensland School Curriculum Council (QSCC), the Queensland Board of Senior Secondary School Studies (QBSSSS) and the Tertiary Entrance Procedures Authority (TEPA) are also available.

Last updated: 15 October 2015

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