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What we do

The QCAA is responsible for kindergarten guideline and senior secondary syllabus development, and for providing resources and services to help teachers develop curriculum, teaching and learning programs from kindergarten to Year 12. It also provides testing, assessment, moderation, certification and vocational education and training services to Queensland’s education community.


The QCAA develops, reviews and updates syllabuses, and develops and accredits Kindergarten guidelines.

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The QCAA also registers and audits schools to deliver vocational education and training (VET).

Assessment and quality assurance

The QCAA coordinates National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in Queensland.

It also determines procedures and provides quality assurance for Queensland's system of assessment in the senior phase of learning. As part of this role, the QCAA develops, administers and marks external assessment for senior subjects and the Senior External Examination for eligible Year 12 students and adult learners.


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.

It also records achievements in approved areas of learning and reports data on a range of enrolment and assessment outcomes.


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

QCAA-produced research reports are published as they become available.

For 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), please email

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