Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • ACER


  • Educational

Contact area


Library and Information Services Manager



Street address

19 Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell

Postal address:
Private Bag 55, Camberwell 3124





Country name

Postal code



03 9277 5555



Description area


The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) was established in Melbourne, Australia, in 1930 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. From a staff of five, the organisation has grown into one of the world’s leading educational research bodies with an expanding international presence. ACER has more than 380 staff working in offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Dubai, Delhi, London, Jakarta, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

The Council’s early focus was on research, rather than service activities, with an emphasis on primary and secondary education.

During the World War II, ACER was involved in psychological testing for personnel selection to the Australian Armed Services and government departments. ACER also advised the Department of Post-War Reconstruction. Its wartime work helped lead to government financial support from 1946.

After the war, ACER’s focus widened to include more emphasis on testing. Work included, for example: the establishment of a semi-autonomous test division; research into test theory; Australia-wide curriculum survey; and university study to determine predictions of academic success.
For further information, see

Geographical and cultural context

Australian educational research.

Mandates/Sources of authority

Our mission is to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning across the lifespan. ACER undertakes commissioned research and development and develops and distributes a wide range of products and services.

Administrative structure

The Australian Council for Educational Research is an independent, not-for-profit research organisation established in Australia as a company limited by guarantee.
Officer in charge of the administrative and research records of the Council: Library and Information Services Manager.

Records management and collecting policies

Administrative and research records of the Australian Council for Educational Research 1930 onwards.



Correspondence 1930- present.
Connell library collection.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Friday by appointment.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Please give seven days advance notice of visit. Proof of identity and reasons for research required.


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available.

Reproduction services

Copying services for books, journals and original records to A3 size at cost.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 27 March 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

19 Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell Postal address: Private Bag 55, Camberwell 3124
Melbourne, Victoria 3124