18 October 2016 No. 28-16

Transition to new senior schooling system delayed

The QTU welcomes Education Minister Kate Jones’s announcement today that the transition to new senior syllabuses, the introduction of external assessment and changes to tertiary entrance processes will now commence for year 11 students in 2019, not 2018 as originally planned.

The QTU is represented on the Senior Secondary Assessment Taskforce by the Vice President, Sam Pidgeon. The QTU has been active in raising member concerns regarding all aspects of the implementation. The union sees today’s decision as a sensible response to a variety of stakeholder concerns. The QTU will continue to advocate on behalf of teachers and school leaders as we work with other key stakeholders to ensure a successful and well-resourced transition to the new senior assessment system.

QTU members have been actively involved in all levels of consultation with the QCAA, including syllabus development, provision of feedback on draft syllabuses, the trialling of external assessment items as well as ongoing work with DET being undertaken around combined and composite classes to ensure that the new system will not disadvantage small schools or schools with small groups of students studying some subjects.

Students currently in Year 8 will be the first students to go through the new system. The QTU is working with the Department of Education and Training to address member concerns regarding resourcing of senior secondary as current Year 9 students (known as the half cohort) move into the senior years.

More detail regarding the move from the OP to the Queensland ATAR

For more information on the details of the proposed new Queensland ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) to be awarded to students completing year 12 in 2020, visit the updated information on the department’s senior assessment website.


 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union