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Data Collections Compliance Certificate

The Compliance Certificate collection helps to provide assurance that Approved Authorities are applying Australian education policies.

Approved Authorities answer questions to confirm that a school has met its obligations under the Australia Education Act 2013 (the Act) and the Australia Education Regulation 2013 (the Regulation). For example, 'Did your school apply the Australian Curriculum?'

To receive Australian Government funding, government and non-government Approved Authorities must comply with: 

  • Section 77 of the Act
  • the specific requirements in Sections 42, 43, 56 and 59 of the Regulation. 

The regulation requirements are that an Approved Authority for a school must:

  • apply the Australian Curriculum
  • participate in the national assessment program (NAPLAN and sample based national and international assessments)
  • provide information - e.g. for the school's census, national reporting and My School
  • provide understandable student A to E reports to the parents or carers of each child.

The compliance certificate collection opens on SchoolsHUB at 9:00 am on Monday, 15 August 2022.

Approved Authorities must submit the compliance certificate form no later than 5:00pm on Friday, 23 September 2022. 

The 2022 certificate confirms compliance with requirements during the 2021 school year only. It does not apply to the current 2022 school year, or 2020, or any earlier year.

Approved Authorities must answer the 4 following questions for the 2021 school year:

  1. For the previous school year, did your schools implement the Australian Curriculum (teach, assess and report on student achievement using the content and standards in the curriculum) or another curriculum recognised as comparable by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), and included in ACARA’s Recognition Register?
  2. For the previous school year, did your schools collect and report information on the gender of the student, Indigenous status of the student, socioeconomic background (parental education and occupation) and language background of all students?
  3. For the previous school year, did your schools provide parents and carers of students in years 1 to 10 with reports on student achievement for each subject using A to E or an equivalent scale?
  4. For the previous school year, did your schools participate in the National Assessment Program?

Unlike the compliance certificate collection processes in previous years when all AAs were required to undertake the compliance certificate declaration process, the process has changed this year. The department has adopted a risk-based approach to undertaking the compliance certificate declaration process, consistent with the departments Schools Funding Assurance Framework, and a recent Australian National Audit Office review.

What does the risk-based approach mean for my schools?

The risk-based approach means that AAs are randomly selected to complete a compliance certificate declaration. However, given the annual selection of a large random sample of about a third of all AAs, it is expected that each AA will be required to respond to the compliance certificate questions at some point.


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