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The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It is commissioned by the Education Council, a council of ministers from all states and territories that works to ensure high‐quality schooling and early childhood development experiences for all young Australians.

The NAPLAN tests, coordinated by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), are administered simultaneously in all schools across Australia by the relevant state test administration authority. The Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) is the test administration authority for all schools in South Australia.

Online testing

This year some schools in Australia will be giving NAPLAN tests online. Around 50 DECD schools have been selected, and Catholic and independent sector schools have also been invited to participate. The department will work closely with schools and sector representatives to support them through the transition year. It is anticipated that all Australian schools will be doing NAPLAN online testing by 2019.

Paper-based testing

The 2017 paper-based tests will not change significantly, except for the year 7 and 9 numeracy tests which have been updated to align with the Australian Curriculum. The numeracy tests have also been changed so that:

  • they have fewer questions
  • students will sit 1 test session instead of 2
  • they are separated into 2 parts: part A (calculators allowed) and part B (calculators not allowed).

Marking the NAPLAN writing task

Applications for the 2017 NAPLAN Marking Centre are now closed. An acknowledgement email has been sent in response to all applications received.

If you did not apply this year, but would like to be added to our mailing list for 2018 you can email decd.markingcentre [at] sa.gov.au.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 1 April 2017.  

Successful applicants will also be sent further information regarding Marker training and the Marking Centre operations.

Only successful applicants who have completed the full training in 2017 will be able to mark NAPLAN tests in 2017.

Key information

  • Training: 13 and 14 May 2017.
  • Marking: 17 May to 14 June 2017 (provisional), 5 or 6 days per week.
  • Location: Torrensville, South Australia.
  • Shift times: Day 9.00am to 3.30pm or evening 4.00pm to 8:45pm.
  • Pay: From $43 per hour.
  • Marker information sheet (PDF 431KB)

If you have any questions, email the NAPLAN Marking Centre team on decd.markingcentre [at] sa.gov.au or call (08) 8226 3269.

Information for parents

Information for parents can be found on the National Assessment Program website.

A NAPLAN factsheet for parents and a brochure explaining the student results report information to parents are available to download from the parent/carer support section of the National Assessment Program website.

Information for schools and principals

Information for the 2017 NAPLAN will be circulated at the beginning of the new school year.


All forms are to be completed by 28 February 2017.

Handbooks and guides


South Australian sector contacts

Department for Education and Child Development (DECD)

Brioney Hirst
Manager, Student Achievement Information
Phone: 8226 3269
Email: decd.sa.taa [at] sa.gov.au

Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)

Ray Moritz
Senior Education Adviser Educational Measurement
Phone: 8301 6136
Email: ray.moritz [at] cesa.catholic.edu.au

More information for Catholic schools can be found on the CESA website

Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)

Rosemary Kadow
Educational consultant
Phone: 8179 1415
Email: kadowr [at] ais.sa.edu.au

More information for independent schools can be found on the AISSA website.