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About Prof Geoff Masters AO

Geoff Masters, AO, BSc, MEd UWA, PhD Chicago, FACE, FACEL, is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) – roles he has held since 1998.
He has a PhD in educational measurement from the University of Chicago and has published widely in the fields of educational assessment and research.
Professor Masters has served on a range of bodies, including terms as President of the Australian College of Educators; founding President of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association; member of the Business Council of Australia’s Education, Skills and Innovation Taskforce; member of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO; and member of the International Baccalaureate Research Committee. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Science of Learning Research Centre, the ABC Digital Education Advisory Group, the national Board of Life Education Australia and the Board of the Academy of Education, Arts and Sciences.
He has conducted a number of reviews for governments, including a review of examination procedures in the NSW Higher School Certificate (2002); an investigation of options for the introduction of an Australian Certificate of Education (2005); a national review of options for reporting and comparing school performances (2008); and reviews of strategies for improving literacy and numeracy learning in government schools in Queensland (2009) and the Northern Territory (2011). He has recently undertaken a review of senior secondary assessment and tertiary entrance procedures in Queensland.
Professor Masters is an adjunct professor in the Queensland Brain Institute. His contributions to education have been recognised through the award of the Australian College of Educators’ Medal in 2009 and his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014.


1998 - Present Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Honors and Awards

  • Australian College of Educators’ Medal 2009
  • Officer of the Order of Australia 2014

Contact Information

19 Prospect Hill Rd,
Camberwell, VIC, Australia 3124
T: +61 3 9277 5511
F: +61 3 9277 5690


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