School Curriculum and Standards Authority

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The School Curriculum and Standards Authority is the statutory authority responsible for developing school curriculum and standards in education across Western Australia. The agency superseded the Curriculum Council of Western Australia which was disbanded following a litany of failures[1][2][3][4] in 2012 by the education minister Peter Collier.

The inaugural chair of the Authority is Patrick Garnett.[5]

The Authority is supported by a secretariat of about 148 staff.


The responsibilities of the Authority include

  • setting standards of student achievement and for the assessment and certification of student achievement according to those standards
  • developing an outline of curriculum and assessment in schools that, taking account of the needs of students, sets out the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes that students are expected to acquire and guidelines for the assessment of student achievement
  • developing and accrediting courses for schools
  • maintaining a database of information relating to the participation by students during their school years in education, training or employment as provided by the School Education Act
  • the achievement of students during those years
  • records of assessment in respect to students


  1. ^ Bethany Hiatt (17 February 2011). "Minister dumps education boss". The West Australian. Yahoo7. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Question Without Notice No. 719 asked in the Legislative Assembly on 17 November 2010 by Mrs M.H. Roberts Parliament: 38Session: 1 Answered on 17 November 2010". Hansard. Government of Western Australia. 30 November 2005. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Bethany Hiatt (24 November 2010). "Examiners Fail Confidence Test". The West Australian. Yahoo7. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Bethany Hiatt (10 November 2011). "Chemistry exam causes bad reaction". The West Australian. Yahoo7. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Bethany Hiatt (1 February 2012). "Curriculum body replaced". The West Australian. Yahoo7. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 

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