Legislation to implement the new arrangements will be introduced in the spring sitting of Parliament.

Other changes will be implemented progressively through 2017.

The Review Panel sincerely thanks all stakeholders who contributed their comments.

Download the final report, the NSW Government’s response and an information sheet on the changes.

Overview (PDF 202KB).

Bostes Review Final Report (PDF 1.1MB).

Bostes Review Report Appendices (PDF 606KB).

Download copies of written submissions received.


The NSW Minister for Education commissioned a review of BOSTES to ensure its current role, membership functions and structure continue to best serve the community of NSW into the future by setting high and consistent education standards, building the best quality teaching and associated workforce and improving outcomes for all students.

An independent expert Review Panel was convened by the Minister to undertake this review.

Terms of Reference

Download the Terms of Reference for the review (PDF 99KB).

The Review Panel

The members of the Review Panel were Emeritus Professor Bill Louden AM, Lisa Paul AO PSM and Dr Phil Lambert PSM. Find out more information on the panel members.


Written submissions

The Review Panel released an Issues Paper (PDF 216KB) ,on which interested parties were able to provide specific comment. The paper posed a series of discussion questions to help guide the preparation of submissions to the Review.

Written submissions closed on 21 April 2016. Latest news

19 August 2016 – the Minister released the report and recommendations of the review along with the Government’s response.

29 June 2016 – The Review Panel submitted its final report to the Minister for Education.

26 April 2016 – The Review Panel invited teachers, principals, parents and senior secondary students to contribute their comments to the BOSTES Review by completing a short online survey. The online survey closed on 5 May 2016.

31 March 2016 – The Issues Paper (PDF 216KB) was released by the Review Panel to help guide consultation.

18 March 2016 – Written submissions opened for interested parties to contribute to the BOSTES Review. Submissions closed on 21 April 2016.

10 March 2016 – The NSW Minister for Education announced the Review of the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards. The review was led by an independent expert Review Panel.

Download the media release: Reviewing the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (PDF 152KB).

Download the media release: Renewed Focus on Stronger Education Standards (PDF 131KB).