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QCE system update — March 2024

Evaluating the QCE system

The University of Melbourne has opened the latest opportunity for education stakeholders to contribute to the evaluation of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system.

The research team would like to hear from organisations and individuals through written submissions addressing four stimulus questions and a free text field. The deadline is Friday 3 May.

To gather additional feedback, the general survey that originally closed on 29 February is now open until Thursday 28 March.

You will find more information about the project methodology and links to the survey and submission forms on the QCAA website.

Revised General, Applied (Essential) and Short Course syllabuses

The revised General, Applied (Essential) and Short Course syllabuses are now available on the QCAA website for familiarisation and planning purposes.

The syllabuses will be available in the Syllabus application in the QCAA Portal later in 2024.

See memo 008/24 (PDF, 150.7 KB) for more details.

Literacy and Numeracy Short Course syllabuses — Draft 2 consultation

Consultation is now open for Draft 2 Literacy and Numeracy Short Course syllabuses. The revisions were guided by recommendations from the three schooling sectors to ensure they are:

  • accessible
  • clear
  • aligned with Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Have your say — view the syllabuses and complete the survey by 26 April.

Syllabus familiarisation webinars

Free webinars will be available from Term 2 to help schools understand the syllabus changes and requirements. Register now via the QCAA website —  search by learning area or keyword to find the webinars that are relevant to you.

Subject reports finalised

Schools can now access all senior subject reports, which analyse the assessment cycle for 2023. They’re available in the Teaching tab for General subjects on the QCAA website.

Endorsement and confirmation key dates


The QCAA is now consulting with relevant schools about Application 2 assessments that were not endorsed. The intervention process is scheduled to be finalised by Thursday 28 March.

Endorsement applications for the first two internal assessments for General and Applied (Essential) syllabuses for the 2025 completion year will open on 13 May.


Provisional marks for the first summative internal assessment for General and General (Extension) subjects must be submitted by 26 March via the Student Management application in the QCAA Portal.

The QCAA will publish required samples on 15 April via the Confirmation application. Schools must upload the required samples by 22 April. Confirmation decisions will be available from 14 May.

See memo 013/24 (PDF, 244.5 KB) for more information about confirmation activities and support resources.

Student management key dates

Schools are reminded about the following due dates for Student Management submissions:

  • QCIA curriculum plans must be completed and approved by 28 March for students exiting in 2025. See memo 006/24 (PDF, 179.8 KB).
  • VET student enrolment records for School RTOs are due by 28 March.

Phase 1 Common internal assessment (CIA)

The first phase of the CIA for Essential English and Essential Mathematics runs from Monday 15 April to Friday 17 May.

Schools registered for the first phase will receive the assessment materials on Monday 25 March. Schools are reminded they must store all materials securely and follow the QCAA’s CIA processes and procedures.

See memo 012/24 (PDF, 164.3 KB) for information.

CIA webinars

The QCAA is offering free webinars to help schools prepare students for the CIA, administer the assessments and apply the CIA marking guide. Register via the relevant subject and phase links below:

Prescribed Lists application

Schools must now use the QCAA’s Prescribed Lists application in the QCAA Portal to register:

  • chosen prescribed texts for English, English as an Additional Language and Literature
  • chosen recorded live performances for Drama and Drama Alternative Sequence.

Choices for 2024 must be registered by Wednesday, 1 May. See memo 011/24 (PDF, 172.3 KB) for more information.

Professional development

AARA webinars

Don't miss our free webinar on 27 March to help schools understand how to submit applications for access arrangements and reasonable adjustments (AARA).

2024 Applied syllabuses

The QCAA is holding free webinars for HODs and teachers of Visual Arts in Practice and Drama in Practice 2024. Register via the links below:

QCIA webinars

QCIA digital folio and duplication of learning workshop

QCIA leaders and coordinators are invited to a free, full day face-to-face workshop on evidence-based folios, curriculum goals and student achievement. Multiple dates and locations are available until late May. Register via the QCAA website.

QCIA verification preparation and processes for 2024

Free webinars about QCIA verification preparation and processes for students exiting in 2024 will be held on 4 and 5 June.

Changed schools?

If you’ve moved schools, remember to update your details and transfer your QCAA Portal account. To find out more, visit our website.

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