ACARA and state and territory test administration authorities (TAAs) collect personal information from schools and students to enable NAPLAN testing to be undertaken and for the results of tests to be reported at student, school and state/territory and national levels. ACARA and state and territory TAAs have obligations to protect the personal information of students and take these obligations very seriously. ACARA only collects student data once student names have been removed. Nonetheless, ACARA treats student level data with the same care and consideration it would treat identified student data.
Read the 2017 NAPLAN privacy notice below, which details further information about privacy and the collection of NAPLAN data. Read the 2017 NAPLAN online platform readiness test privacy notice detailing further information about privacy and the data that will be collected as part of the platform readiness tests.
NAPLAN privacy notice 2017
Notice of collection under Australian Privacy Principle 5 (Privacy Act 1988 Cth)
This notice is to advise you that personal information about your child and you (parents/guardians) will be collected for the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests in 2017.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) conducts the NAPLAN tests and creates national reports on schooling, including reporting on the My School website. Each state and territory education authority is responsible for administering NAPLAN tests, including managing student data and reporting results to schools and students.
A state and territory education authority will collect personal information about your child and you when your child completes the paper NAPLAN tests. The state and territory education authority will make de-identified information available to ACARA.
ACARA will collect student identifiers, gender, date of birth, country of birth, language background, whether your child identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, parental occupation and parental education, as well as participation and performance information (e.g. test scores). State and territory education authorities also collect student names and other information for student and school level reporting and related purposes.
Access and correction
ACARA is not able to match information it receives or collects with individual students. If you wish to access or correct your child’s personal information or NAPLAN data, contact your child’s school in the first instance. Alternatively, you may contact the relevant state or territory Test Administration Authority (www.nap.edu.au/contacts/privacy-contact-information).
If you have a complaint about identified NAPLAN data (data linked to student names) contact your child’s school in the first instance. Alternatively, you may contact the relevant state or territory Test Administration Authority (www.nap.edu.au/contacts/privacy-contact-information).