A priority of the South Australian Government's Strategic Plan, launched in 2004, was to review the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
The SACE was first introduced 15 years earlier. The review — which involved educators, all education sectors, parents, employers, unions, politicians, community members, and young people — concluded that significant reforms were necessary to reflect economic, political, cultural, and social changes, not just in South Australia but also interstate and overseas.
In July 2008, the SACE Board of South Australia Act 1983 replaced the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia Act 1983. A new expert Board of 11 members replaced a representational Board of 26, and took responsibility for implementing the new certificate of education from 2009–11.
The new Act requires effective consultation with all stakeholders and partners in the delivery of the SACE. The new Act is also framed by a set of Legislative Principles that set out the key purposes and underpinning drivers for the work of the SACE Board of South Australia.