2Julia Gillard and Labor
Let’s move Australia Forward
Processes for the award of certificates and modes of assessment e.g. examination,moderated school-based assessment.
Reporting of achievement e.g. grades, scores and/or achievement bands.
Specification of standards in each jurisdiction and whether this information isincluded on the certificate.
How Vocational Education and Training (VET) is incorporated as separate subjects orintegrated and how VET achievements are explained on the certificate.While, this diversity has positive aspects it results in a lack of comparability of studentresults and difficulties for students moving interstate or overseas.Further, i
nternationally, Australia’s senior secondary certification arrangements do not
have the recogniti
on of, for example, the British ‘A’ levels, the French Baccalaureate,
the German and Finnish Arbitur, or the certificates of regional neighbours such asChina, Hong Kong, and Singapore.The Gillard Labor Government is driving the delivery of a national education system,through a National Curriculum and national teaching standards. A high quality nationalsenior qualification is the next logical phase of this reform.
How will the Australian Baccalaureate be developed?
The development of the Baccalaureate will be led by the Australian Curriculum,Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and will follow the development of thesenior National Curriculum.ACARA will develop the Australian Baccalaureate in partnership with the AustralasianCurriculum, Assessment and Certification Authorities (ACACA)
the bodies responsiblefor curriculum assessment and certification in States and Territories.The Australian Baccalaureate will leverage work on the senior secondary nationalcurriculum and achievements standards that are currently being developed by ACARA.The development of the Australian Baccalaureate will be the subject of a detailedconsultation process with educators, parents, students, training providers, employersand community members. All community members will have an opportunity to havetheir say about what the Australian Baccalaureate should involve.We will work to develop a certificate structure and achievement standards which are
benchmarked against the world’s best systems and standards
and which will becomenationally consistent.
What is envisaged for the Australian Baccalaureate
The Australian Baccalaureate will be voluntary and will build off the National
Curriculum. It will benchmark students’ attainment nationally, providing a credential of