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.


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


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

Joined-up: School support for children with autism

Joined-up: School support for children with autism

Thursday, 7 Sep 2017

A new program to benefit children with autism launched today at the fifth Asia Pacific Autism Conference at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

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Schooling is everybody’s business: Principal for a Day

Schooling is everybody’s business: Principal for a Day

Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017

Schooling will be everybody’s business tomorrow when students and staff at more than 150 Victorian schools welcome high-profile personalities, members of government at all levels, business executives, and CEOs as their Principal for a Day.

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Leading school improvement: collaboration matters

Leading school improvement: collaboration matters

Tuesday, 29 Aug 2017

Research findings to be presented at Research Conference 2017 in Melbourne today reveal that school-university partnerships and other forms of collaboration support school leaders in their improvement strategies, and lead them to empower others through a shared leadership model.

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