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Queensland senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems

The Queensland Government will introduce new senior assessment and tertiary entrance systems, which will commence for students entering Year 11 in 2018.

The new systems include:

Senior Secondary Assessment Taskforce

The Minister for Education has established a new Senior Secondary Assessment Taskforce to guide the development and implementation of these new systems.

The Senior Secondary Assessment Taskforce is chaired by the Minister and includes representatives from the schooling sectors, parents, teachers, principals, the tertiary sector, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Senior Secondary Assessment Taskforce members Adobe PDF document 41K

On 21 March 2016, the Minister announced a number of key decisions that will guide the development of the new systems.

These new proposals will help transition to the new assessment system and include:

From 2019, the ATAR will be calculated by a process of inter-subject scaling as used in a number of other Australian jurisdictions. This will enable students completing different combinations of subjects to be compared in a single tertiary entrance rank.


A brief communique is published after each Taskforce meeting. These documents provide an overview of key points considered and discussed by Taskforce members.

Trials of new senior assessment processes

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority will lead further work to trial and develop new senior assessment processes in 2015 and 2016.

Results of the trials and the findings of the Senior Secondary Assessment Taskforce will form a more detailed plan, for release in mid-2016, on how the new systems will operate.


Fact sheet Adobe PDF document769K or text version Rich text format document 40K


This process is supported by the Strategic Policy and Intergovernmental Relations Branch within the Department of Education and Training. Enquiries can be directed by email to Michael Shephard, Director, Strategic Innovation or by telephone (07) 3034 5935.

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