New South Wales Education Standards Authority


NSW Education Standards Authority
Statutory authority overview
Formed1 January 2017 (2017-01-01)
Preceding Statutory authority
JurisdictionNew South Wales, Australia
Headquarters117 Clarence Street,
Sydney, New South Wales
33°52′01″S 151°12′18″E / 33.867039°S 151.204965°E / -33.867039; 151.204965Coordinates: 33°52′01″S 151°12′18″E / 33.867039°S 151.204965°E / -33.867039; 151.204965
Annual budgetA$122 million
Minister responsible
Statutory authority executives
  • Peter Shergold, Chairperson
  • Paul Martin, Chief Executive Officer

The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (abbreviated as NESA) is the state government education statutory authority with the responsibility for the establishment and monitoring of quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards in the Australian state of New South Wales.

Formed on 1 January 2017 to replace the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards,[1][2]

NESA is responsible for setting and monitoring quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards. This includes responsibility, across NSW public, Catholic and independent schools, for:

  • Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum
  • accreditation of teachers and teaching degrees
  • the internationally recognised HSC
  • school registration and home schooling.

In May 2019 the NESA Board and Minister for Education approved the NESA Charter which sets out the organisation's mission and purpose, objectives and functions, standards, values and operating principles, and the role of the Board.

Read the NESA Statement of Expectations released by the Minister.

NESA has developed a Commitment to Aboriginal Education in partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. (AECG).

NESA is also accredited by Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority as the NSW test administration authority for NAPLAN.

NESA is responsible for awarding the secondary school credentials Record of School Achievement and Higher School Certificate.[3]

NSW Curriculum Review

On 13 May 2018, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Rob Stokes announced that NESA will undertake a  review of the NSW curriculum to ensure it equips students to continue to contribute to Australian society into the 21st century.

NESA engaged Professor Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to lead the review.

Read the review's Terms of Reference.

The NSW Curriculum Review Interim Report was subsequently released in October 2019.

See also

  • NSW Curriculum Review


  1. ^ Munro, Kelsey (19 August 2016). "A new, beefed-up authority will have power to close schools in NSW". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  2. ^ "NEW EDUCATION STANDARDS AUTHORITY FOR NSW". Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards. 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ "ABOUT THE HSC".

External links

  • Official website