The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is an independent, not-for-profit research organisation established in Australia as a company limited by guarantee.

Our mission is to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning across the lifespan.

ACER undertakes commissioned research and development and develops and distributes a wide range of products and services. Any surplus generated through our work is invested in further research and development.

ACER locations

ACER has more than 400 staff located in Australia, India, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Governance

ACER is governed by the members of ACER Council who also are appointed as members of the Board of Directors.

Organisational chart

ACER’s work is undertaken in four business divisions (three research divisions and a professional resources division) supported by staff who work in corporate services, human resources and international development.

Established in 1930, ACER has built a strong reputation as a provider of reliable support and expertise to education policy makers and professional practitioners.

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ACER Foundation

The ACER Foundation initiates, develops and manages research-based projects that aim to address the needs of educationally disadvantaged groups in the community.

ACER Foundation Projects

Projects

Major projects of the ACER Foundation include the School Readiness Initiative for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and the Australian STEM Video Games Challenge.

ACER Foundation Projects

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Donations and gifts

In making a donation to the ACER Foundation your funds will be invested in supporting activities designed to address educational disadvantage.

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ACER Alumni

The ACER Alumni community has been established through the ACER Foundation to link together former and current senior staff, through activities that highlight new strategic developments in the organisation.

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Working for ACER

ACER Careers

Joining ACER means working with one of the world’s leading educational research organisations and working collaboratively across Australian and international projects.

Careers at ACER

ACER media releases

Latest PISA results: Australia at the crossroad

Latest PISA results: Australia at the crossroad

Tuesday, 6 Dec 2016

A report released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on the science, reading and mathematics skills of Australian 15-year-olds indicates not only that Australia is slipping backwards relative to other countries, but that we are getting worse at preparing our students for the everyday challenges of adult life.

Read article Latest PISA results: Australia at the crossroad

Wake up call: international study shows student achievement flat-lines

Wake up call: international study shows student achievement flat-lines

Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016

A report released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on the latest international study of mathematics and science achievement reveals no improvement in the performance of Australian students.

  • Australia was outperformed by 21 countries in Year 4 mathematics and 17 countries in Year 4 science, and by 12 countries in Year 8 mathematics and 14 countries in Year 8 science.
  • Australian performances in mathematics and science have largely stagnated over the past 20 years.

Read article Wake up call: international study shows student achievement flat-lines

COMING SOON: TIMSS and PISA Australian summary reports and international results

COMING SOON: TIMSS and PISA Australian summary reports and international results

Tuesday, 8 Nov 2016

COMING SOON: Australian summary reports and international results for TIMSS in November and PISA in December.

Read article COMING SOON: TIMSS and PISA Australian summary reports and international results

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