Allan Reinikka

Gov't calls for comments on OP system as part of review

IF you finished high school in New South Wales, you'll know the headache of the HSC (High School Certificate).

If you finished high school in Victoria, it's the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) . In South Australia, it's the SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education).

And each system is different. But the one thing every state or territory in Australia has in common is that they all use the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) system for students applying for university.

This has been the case since 2009/2010.

In Queensland, it's the Overall Position that Year 12 students concentrate on in terms of university entry.

Queenslanders are invited to have their say on the state's senior assessment processes and the OP (Overall Position) tertiary entrance program, giving them a direct role in revitalising frontline education services.

Do you think Queensland should move away from OPs and use the ATAR system?

This poll ended on 29 November 2013.

Current Results





This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the online survey was a chance for parents and students to rate the system and for the Government to consider a broader system that meets Queensland's future needs

"The OP was introduced 20 years ago so it's responsible for the Newman Government to consider a review of the system," Mr Langbroek said.

"Since the OP system began, the number of students completing Year 12 has increased by over a third to about 47,000.

"Two decades ago Year 12 was mainly comprised of students who intended to go to university, whereas today, the majority of Year 12 students successfully combine an academic range of courses and vocational qualifications, providing options for further education, training and work."

Mr Langbroek said it was important to consult the community, after the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) was appointed in July to conduct a 12-month review of the system.

"The survey, which runs until December 13 consists of 21 questions and is designed to capture the views of principals, teachers, students, their parents, tertiary institutions and industry," he said.

Mr Langbroek said ACER's review is an opportunity to ensure that the Queensland system reflects the multitude of ways that senior students can demonstrate achievement.

"The Newman Government promised the people of our great state that we would revitalise front line services for families," he said.

"This review will help ensure Queensland is at the forefront of best education practices nationally and internationally."

Mr Langbroek said ACER's final report for the Newman Government to consider was due by the end of July 2014 and any potential changes would be phased in over several years.

The survey is available through the ACER website at

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