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The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) was created by the NSW Government in 2014 to sustain and improve the already high standards of achievement in NSW schools.

BOSTES brings together the curriculum, teaching, assessment, registration and policy functions previously provided by the Board of Studies NSW, and the NSW Institute of Teachers. Read more about BOSTES.

Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB)

The AMEB provides syllabuses across a wide range of musical instruments, as well as in singing, theory of music, musicianship, and speech and drama. It has become the most widely used assessment system in these fields of study in Australia. The success and high regard for Australian musicians at an international level has been partly due to the encouragement of young performers in this country through their participation in AMEB activities.

Read more about the AMEB NSW on the AMEB NSW website.

Structure and functions

Information on the current structure and functions of both BOSTES and the AMEB is available here:

Types of information

Information is contained in the following documents held by BOSTES and the AMEB:

Information available on informal request

A request may be made at any time for other information held by BOSTES. While BOSTES reserves the right to require a formal access application to be made, it will generally provide the following types of information in response to an informal request, without the need to make a formal access application:

  • copies of correspondence, where the person requesting the correspondence was the person who sent it to the office
  • documents that have already been made public in some other way
  • other reasonable requests for information the release of which would not raise any potential concerns in terms of public interest considerations.
The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) gives BOSTES the right to impose conditions on the use or disclosure of information that is released in response to an informal request.

Information available in response to an access application

An access application may be made for all other information held by BOSTES. Access applications are subject to application fees and processing charges in accordance with the GIPA Act. However, BOSTES will not release information if it concludes that there is an overriding public interest against the disclosure of the information.

For some categories of information, an access application may be made but there is a presumption against release. The list of categories is set out at Schedule 1 of the GIPA Act.

Public participation in policy development

BOSTES produces a range of high-quality syllabuses, courses and support materials that promote standards of excellence in primary and secondary education, and that cater for the needs and interests of all students.

Our syllabuses are developed in consultation with all key groups and our processes are based on quality assurance. In relation to the Higher School Certificate, BOSTES is responsible for:

  • developing and endorsing courses of study
  • making arrangements for conducting examinations and student assessments
  • regulating the conduct of examinations and assessments, and the recording of students’ achievements in them
  • granting the Higher School Certificate
  • providing the Preliminary and HSC Records of Achievement and/or Result Notices
  • providing advice and assistance to students, employers and the public regarding the nature and content of secondary courses, assessment and examination procedures, and the reporting of students’ achievements in them.

BOSTES has a number of standing committees that make recommendations to BOSTES concerning syllabus and examination requirements.

Members of the public are able to participate in the policy development process of BOSTES. Consultation is a key component of major policy initiatives. The public may participate in the policy development process by completing consultation surveys that are made available on the agency’s website.

General information inquiries

For general inquiries relating to BOSTES or the location of policy documents please contact BOSTES on phone (02) 9367 8111. Media inquiries should be directed to the Media unit on phone (02) 9367 8248.

Information and Privacy Commission NSW

The Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) is an independent statutory authority that administers New South Wales' Legislation dealing with privacy and access to government information.

The IPC was established on 1 January 2011 to support the Information Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner in fulfilling their legislative responsibilities and functions and to ensure individuals and agencies can access consistent information, guidance and coordinated training about information access and privacy matters.

The Information Commissioner has broad investigative powers and may require government departments to provide information and conduct inquiries pertinent to the administration of the GIPA Act. The Information Commissioner conducts reviews of decisions by BOSTES where the applicant is aggrieved by that decision.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the IPC:

Phone: 1800 INFOCOM (1800 472 679)
Email: ipcinfo@ipc.nsw.gov.au
Website: www.ipc.nsw.gov.au
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