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.

Discover the history of ACER

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

Options for donation

Donations and gifts

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

Options for donation

Join the community

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.

Join the community

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

Needs-based funding a first step towards a world-leading school system

Needs-based funding a first step towards a world-leading school system

Friday, 23 Jun 2017

Passage of the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 is a step in the right direction for Australian schools. The next step is to ensure the right strategies are in place to create a world-leading school system.

Read article Needs-based funding a first step towards a world-leading school system

Students’ financial literacy: PISA

Students’ financial literacy: PISA

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Australia is equal fifth in an international assessment of young people’s financial literacy, according to a report released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Read article Students’ financial literacy: PISA

Have maths, will travel

Have maths, will travel

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Australia’s winning teams in the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C) show that jet lag is no barrier.

Read article Have maths, will travel

Media and journalists seeking ACER comment: to check if ACER can help you with comment or background research, please contact ACER Corporate Communications.