School Survey was developed by Education Services Australia (ESA) on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The initiative was agreed by Commonwealth, state and territory ministers for education through the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC – now known as the Education Council).
On 5 April 2012, the SCSEEC acknowledged the importance of gathering and analysing school opinion information and changes to that information over time. The SCSEEC approved the use of agreed student and parent survey items and made provision for a data collection tool that schools could use to collect responses.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) convened the National School Opinion Survey Working Group to assist in developing specifications for the survey tool. The Working Group comprised representatives from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, each state’s and territory’s government education department, the Independent Schools Council of Australia, the National Catholic Education Commission and ESA.
School Survey was launched in 2013.