BSSS Course development consultation


A five year cycle exists for course development. The Office of the Board of Senior Secondary Studies (OBSSS) guides course development.

Course development is informed by the Design Specifications for the ACT Senior Secondary Courses

The Office of the Board of Senior Secondary Studies (OBSSS) performs the following functions:

  • calls for expressions of interest to develop courses
  • appoints course developers
  • organises course development meeting times
  • provides advice and materials to developers
  • manages schedule for course development
  • prepares, in consultation with course developers, draft course for public consultation
  • collates and communicates responses to developers
  • prepares, in consultation with course developers, and publishes draft courses for panel accreditation
  • publishes courses.

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Consultation is an essential component of the curriculum development process. The BSSS encourages feedback.

Consultation plays an integral role in establishing the directions for the design and development of the curriculum. Feedback is sought from teachers and principals.

Consultation feedback, reports and actions

Consultation feedback is provided by teachers in the form of online surveys. The BSSS has a comprehensive process in place with accreditation panels to review all consultation feedback and take appropriate action to improve draft curriculum documents.

Formal consultation reports summarise the key findings received from the stakeholder consultation and will be made publicly available.

Feedback on draft curriculum

The BSSS consultation site allows you to read, review and provide feedback on curriculum documents as they become available for public consultation. Feedback can be provided by completing an online survey. The feedback is used to revise and improve the draft materials so that the best possible quality curriculum are developed and published.

The survey must be completed online. In order to complete a survey, select the subject survey and click on the relevant survey.

Respondents also have the option to provide additional written comments. The BSSS requests that written comments are organised under section headings used in the questionnaire (where relevant) to assist in the analysis of all responses.

Following consultation, the draft curriculum documents will be revised for Board approval, prior to publication on the BSSS website.