Civics and citizenship

The National Assessment Program for Civics and Citizenship (NAP-CC) is undertaken by a sample group of Year 6 and Year 10 students.

Civics refers to the study of Australia’s system of government, historical and current governance practices, Australian identity and culture, democratic processes, the judicial system and the impact of local, state, national, regional and global influences. Citizenship relates to being part of a group that carries with it a sense of belonging or identity and includes rights and responsibilities, duties and privileges.

NAP-CC assessments have been held every three years since 2004. In 2013, for the first time, NAP-CC was trialled and delivered to students online.

In 2016 NAP-CC was again delivered online, in October and November 2016. The assessment was delivered to a stratified random sample comprising 5,624 Year 6 students in 336 schools and 4,776 Year 10 students in 308 schools.

The online assessment included practice questions to familiarise students with the types of questions they can expect in the assessment, multiple choice and short answer questions and a student survey.

A public report on the results of the assessment was released in December 2017. See the report on the Reports page of this website.

The report shows that student performance nationally in civics and citizenship for 2016 has remained stable for Year 6, but Year 10 student performance has fallen. See the media release on the ACARA website.