ACER is an international leader in the provision of quality educational research. As an independent research body, ACER’s expert and objective research assists educational decision makers at all levels in their collection, analysis, interpretation and use of reliable data, and in their implementation and evaluation of evidence-based policies and practices.


Areas of research

ACER’s research focus addresses learning across the life span, from the early years and school education to vocational, adult and workplace education and higher education.

School education

ACER’s work in school education draws on many decades of experience in undertaking national and international surveys, systemwide testing and monitoring, assessment and reporting, research into teacher education, professional development and quality, and leadership in schools and school improvement. 

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Higher education

ACER’s global research expertise in the higher education sector supports leaders, policymakers, educators and learners through a wide range of research and assessment services. 

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Vocational, adult and workplace education

ACER research in the vocational, adult and workplace education sector supports leaders, policymakers, teachers and learners, addressing learning across the life span.

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Indigenous education

ACER works collaboratively with Indigenous learners and communities in undertaking research to inform policy, programs and practices to support improved outcomes for Indigenous learners.  

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Early childhood education

ACER research in early childhood education and the early years of schooling informs policy, programs and practices to support improved outcomes for learners in the first eight years.

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