Civics and citizenship

The National Assessment Program for Civics and Citizenship (NAP-CC) is undertaken by a sample group of Year 6 and Year 10 students.

Civics refers to the study of Australia’s system of government, historical and current governance practices, Australian identity and culture, democratic processes, the judicial system and the impact of local, state, national, regional and global influences. Citizenship relates to being part of a group that carries with it a sense of belonging or identity and includes rights and responsibilities, duties and privileges.

NAP-CC assessments have been held every three years since 2004. In 2013, for the first time, NAP-CC was trialled and delivered to students online.

In 2019, the NAP-CC main study was conducted during October and November and, for the first time, incorporated aspects of the Australian Curriculum: History. The assessment was delivered online to a stratified random sample of schools. Approximately 339 Year 6 classes and 324 Year 10 classes, drawn from schools across Australia, participated. In total, approximately 13,250 students sat the assessments.

The online assessment includes practice questions to familiarise students with the types of questions they can expect in the assessment. These include, but are not limited to, multiple choice, short answer and survey questions.

A public report on the results of the 2016 assessment was released in December 2017. See the report on the Reports page of this website. The report shows that student performance nationally in civics and citizenship for 2016 remained stable for Year 6, but Year 10 student performance fell. See the media release on the ACARA website.

It is expected that the public report on the results of the 2019 civics and citizenship assessment will be available in December 2020.