Transition timeline

Queensland is undertaking a carefully staged transition approach. The timeline shows very high level activities. Please contact your educational sector or Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) for further details.


2016: Pilot school preparations

State, independent and Catholic schools nominated to pilot NAPLAN Online. They gained first access to the national online assessment platform and supporting resources, training and familiarisation activities.

In 2016, the NAPLAN Online public demonstration site was launched.

2017: Schools prepare to use NAPLAN Online

Schools transitioning in 2018, will be offered training and support throughout 2017 with a range of professional development and training opportunities and resources.

2018: Prepared schools opt-in

In 2018, Queensland schools transitioning to NAPLAN Online will be offered support and checked to ensure they are technically ready. Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students of these schools will undertake NAPLAN tests online in May 2018.

Training and support will be available for schools transitioning to NAPLAN Online in 2019 and 2020.

2020: All schools use NAPLAN Online 

In May 2020, Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students in all schools will use NAPLAN Online unless circumstances prevent them from doing so. Alternatives will be in place for the students at those schools unable to sit tests online.

Future years: Business as usual

From 2020, online NAPLAN assessment will be used in all Australian schools unless their circumstances prevent them from doing so. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 throughout Australia will undertake NAPLAN assessment online.

Last updated 27 February 2018