ACER’s mission is to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning across the life span.

ACER's goals

ACER’s focus is on supporting learners and learning professionals, supporting those who lead and manage educational institutions and systems, and supporting our learning society.

Learners and their needs

Every learner engaged in challenging learning opportunities appropriate to their readiness and needs.

The learning profession

Every learning professional highly skilled, knowledgeable and engaged in excellent practice.

Places of learning

Every learning community well resourced and passionately committed to improving outcomes for all learners.

A learning society

A society in which every learner experiences success and has an opportunity to achieve their potential.

ACER's values

ACER pursues the highest standards of quality, guided by the following values.


Producing high quality, innovative research and research-based services and materials to improve learning.


Taking a creative, flexible and bold approach to the development of knowledge, services and materials.


Providing advice and commentary that is informed through research, is authoritative, and non-aligned.


Being ethical, honest and trustworthy in all our relationships and interactions.


Anticipating, understanding, meeting and exceeding client and customer expectations.

Reflection and improvement

Being self-reflective and listening to and learning from others in order to improve the quality of our work, our efficiency and productivity.

Positive relationships

Creating an organisational environment characterised by respect, fairness, openness and support of physical and emotional wellbeing.

Individual fulfilment

Encouraging personal contribution and achievement, and the pursuit of excellence.

Read more about ACER’s goals and values in Pursuing Quality and Equity through Evidence (PDF).