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.

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.

Options for donation

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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

Australian Council for Educational Research (United Kingdom) announces appointment of new CEO

Australian Council for Educational Research (United Kingdom) announces appointment of new CEO

Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has appointed Dr Desmond Bermingham as CEO of ACER UK.

Read article Australian Council for Educational Research (United Kingdom) announces appointment of new CEO

New partnership will support long term quality education in the Pacific

New partnership will support long term quality education in the Pacific

Thursday, 22 Mar 2018

The Australian and New Zealand governments together with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) have formalised a €12.8 million commitment with the Pacific Community (SPC) towards education in the Pacific region that extends to 2023.

Read article New partnership will support long term quality education in the Pacific

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

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