NSW Education Standards Authority

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) was created by the NSW Government to sustain and improve high standards of achievement in NSW schools. NESA commenced operation on 1 January 2017, and brings together the functions previously provided by the Board of Studies NSW, and the NSW Institute of Teachers.

NESA oversees a system of accreditation and recognition of a teacher's professional capacity against Professional Teaching Standards. These aim to provide a common reference point to articulate and support the complex and varied nature of teachers' work. They describe what teachers need to know, understand and be able to do. As well, the standards provide direction and structure to enhance the preparation, support and development of teachers. For detailed information about NESA, consult its website.