Quality assurance

The department quality assures a random sample of Annual Reports each year to ensure they meet quality standards.

To meet quality standards, Annual Reports must:

  • meet the relevant legislative and regulatory requirements
  • be written in a clear and succinct narrative style accessible to a public audience (for example, using plain language, avoiding jargon, omitting individual staff and contractor names for privacy reasons)
  • contain minimal spelling and grammatical errors
  • include a school logo.

Schools will receive an automatic email from the Strategic Planning Online Tool (SPOT)External Link (staff login required) to let them know when they have passed quality assurance, if any action is required to meet quality assurance standards, or if they have not been selected for quality assurance.

Annual Reports that do not meet quality assurance standards will be returned to the school with feedback through SPOT. Schools can check the quality assurance status of their Annual Report in SPOT by clicking on the ‘Quality assurance’ tab in the Annual Report and looking under the ‘Quality assurance status’ heading.

Once a school has been notified that they have passed or have not been selected for quality assurance, the Annual Report can be shared with the school community.

Schools seeking additional support to meet quality assurance can contact the School Planning and Annual Reporting Unit by emailing

Includes information on what annual reports must contain to meet quality standards

Reviewed 25 February 2024

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