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 Onlin​e public demonstration site​ was launched.

2017: Schools prepare to use NAPLAN Online

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

2018: Prepared schools opt-in

In 2018, 83 Queensland schools transitioned to NAPLAN Online and were offered support and checked to ensure they were technically ready.

Training and support will be available ​for schools transitioning in August and September 2018. Schools can also participate in a national School Readiness Trial in October 2018. Read more.

2019: Schools continue to move to NAPLAN Online

More schools across Australia will transition in May 2019. Schools moving to NAPLAN Online in 2020 are trained and supported in Semester 2, 2019.

The schools will also participate in a School Readiness Trial to ensure they are technically ready and staff and students are familiar with the national platform.

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 16 August 2018