Researching in our schools

The NSW Department of Education welcomes applications for research that are of high quality and of value to public education, or, to education more generally. Applications to conduct research in government schools are made under the State Education Research Applications Process (SERAP).

SERAP supports the quality of research activities in government schools by assessing applications to conduct research. Research cannot be conducted in NSW government schools without the approval of the department.

SERAP approval is required for researchers wishing to conduct research in all NSW government schools including:

  • pre-schools
  • primary schools
  • secondary schools
  • central schools
  • community schools
  • environmental education centres.

SERAP should also be used by researchers who wish to conduct research using extant data (existing data sets and summary statistics) held by the department. Research cannot be conducted in NSW public schools, or using extant data, without SERAP approval.

The process

To undertake research in our schools, use the State Education Research Applications Process (SERAP).

For further support


  • CESE
  • Educational data

Business Unit:

  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
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