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 about the 2018 activities.

2019–2020: Schools continue to move to NAPLAN Online

More schools across Australia will transition in May 2019. 

In Queensland there were 290 state, 167 Catholic and 24 independent schools who completed NAPLAN Online in May 2019.

2021: 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 2021, online NAPLAN assessment will be used in all Australian schools. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 throughout Australia will undertake NAPLAN assessment online.

Last updated 04 November 2019