School Survey was developed by Education Services Australia (ESA) on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education, as agreed by Commonwealth, state and territory ministers for education through the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC).
On 5 April 2012, SCSEEC acknowledged the importance to schools, schooling systems and jurisdictional authorities of gathering and analysing school opinion information and changes to that information over time. SCSEEC approved the use of agreed student and parent survey items by schools and schooling systems and made provision for a survey and 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 that the tool would need to meet. The Working Group was comprised of representatives from the Australian Government Department of Education, each government Department of Education, the Independent Schools Council of Australia, the National Catholic Education Commission and ESA.