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 life span.

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.

ACER Governance  

ACER Council
ACER Council

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.

Organisational chart  

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

Year 4 literacy improves, but more to be done: PIRLS

Year 4 literacy improves, but more to be done: PIRLS

Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017

Results from the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) show that the literacy achievement of Australian Year 4 students has improved on average, but not for students with the lowest literacy skills.

Read article Year 4 literacy improves, but more to be done: PIRLS

Junior game designers create a reaction at PAX

Junior game designers create a reaction at PAX

Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017

Gaming industry experts have commended the winners of the 2017 Australian STEM Video Game Challenge, which this year required students as young as 10 years old to design and build a video game addressing the theme ‘reaction’.

Read article Junior game designers create a reaction at PAX

Scottish national assessment supports children and young people’s learning progress

Scottish national assessment supports children and young people’s learning progress

Tuesday, 3 Oct 2017

As part of the Scottish Government’s National Improvement Framework and Improvement Plan for Scottish Education, every child in P1, P4, P7 and S3 will now undertake national standardised assessments covering aspects of reading, writing and numeracy over the course of the academic year.

Read article Scottish national assessment supports children and young people’s learning progress

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