Certificates and Overseas Equivalence


An ACT Senior Secondary Certificate is awarded to all senior secondary students who have successfully met the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (ACT BSSS) requirements at the end of Year 12.

Uncollected Certificates

Uncollected Senior Secondary Certificates

Uncollected Senior Secondary Certificates, Tertiary Entrance Statements and Vocational Qualifications are returned to the Office of the Board of Senior Secondary Studies by the end of February of the following year. They are available for collection between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

As your results are your personal affair the Board must take steps to be satisfied with the identity of the applicant. You will need to provide photographic identification before you collect any documents. Your documents will not be made available to a person acting on your behalf except with your written authorisation, accompanied by certified photographic identification, nor will results be given verbally.

How do I apply?

In person:

Callam Offices
Easty Street
Building B, Level 1 (Lift 2)
WODEN ACT 2606

Certified Transcripts (Replacement certificates)

The BSSS does not issue replacement certificates. If a certificate has been lost or misplaced, you can apply for a Certified Transcript:

Certified Transcripts

Certified transcripts of ACT Senior Secondary results are available upon application. Costs and Information are provided on the application form below:

Certified Transcript Application Form (260 kb)

How do I apply?

In person:

Callam Offices
Easty Street
Building B, Level 1 (Lift 2)
WODEN ACT  2606

Via Post:

Please mail your application and all supporting documentation to:

ACT Education Directorate
C/- Office of the Board of Senior Secondary Studies
GPO Box 158, CANBERRA ACT 2601

What documentation is required?

  • Completed and signed Certified Transcript Application Form
  • Photographic Identification OR a certified copy of Photo ID if submitting application via post
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • Fee payment (if paying by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) your transaction receipt is required with your application form

For copies of Higher School Certificates before 1976 and NSW School Certificates before 1974, contact the NSW Board of Studies, Administration Branch on (02) 9367 8111.

For copies of Year 10 Certificates contact the Planning and Reporting Section of the ACT Education Directorate at: year10certificate@act.gov.au.

For school reports and references contact the school directly.

Third Party Verification of ACT Qualifications

Third Party Verification

The ACT Office of the Board of Senior Secondary Studies provides verification for school enrolment dates and certificates obtained. Personal Information cannot be given to a third party or a company conducting background searches unless; consent is given by the person on whom the information is being requested.

What documentation is required?

  • Completed and signed Third Party Verification Form
  • A signed application or authority by the applicant/past student/candidate, accompanied with a verified or certified Photo ID (of their current Passport or Drivers Licence) is supplied, giving permission for the background check of their personal records by the nominated Third Party.
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • Fee payment (if paying by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) your transaction receipt is required with your Application form

Third Party Verification Application Form (1,613 kb)

Overseas Equivalence

Overseas Educational Equivalence

People with completed secondary educational qualifications gained internationally may apply to the Office of the Board of Senior Secondary Studies to have their qualifications assessed. The assessment does not give the applicant a new certificate or diploma: the applicant is issued with a statement giving the equivalent Australian Capital Territory standard of her/his educational qualifications.

Which qualifications are not recognised?

  • Incomplete studies
  • Awards gained from post-secondary studies, e.g. certificates of adult preparation
  • Awards from private institutions not recognised by educational authorities in the country of origin
  • Technical, professional, trade qualifications that are not part of secondary studies.

How do I apply?

In person at:
Callam Offices
Easty Street
Building B, Level 1 (Lift 2)
WODEN ACT  2606

What documentation is required?

  • Certificate(s) of the qualification – in original language and certified English translation. Bring the originals with you.
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)
  • Photo identification

Costs and further information are provided on the application form below

Application Form for Equivalence (150 kb)

Telephone enquiries may be directed to: + 61 02 6205 9167