Queensland Government

Senior Data Analyst, Performance Analytics

Job description

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is seeking a permanent Senior Data Analyst, Performance Analytics. The Senior Data Analyst is involved in taking part in data analysis projects and providing support for a variety of operational activities.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is a statutory body of the Queensland Government established under the Education (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority) Act 2014 . In collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders and partner agencies, the QCAA plays a critical role in the design and delivery of education in Queensland.

The QCAA is responsible for kindergarten guideline and senior secondary syllabus development, and for providing resources and services to help teachers develop curriculum, teaching and learning programs from kindergarten to Year 12. It also provides testing, assessment, moderation, certification, and vocational education and training services to Queensland's education community.

Your team: Performance Analytics

The Performance Analytics Unit is part of the Analysis and Reporting Branch in the Assessment, Reporting and ICT Systems Division. The unit assists the QCAA, our partners and stakeholders to maintain and improve the accuracy, consistency, quality and reliability of information received and reported by the QCAA. The unit collects, analyses and disseminates data to a range of organisations and the public.

Main Responsibilities

The Senior Data Analyst is involved in taking part in data analysis projects and providing support for a variety of operational activities as described further below:

In This Role, You Will

  • undertake data analysis projects and work with team members to ensure the integrity, accuracy and timely provision of data to support quality assurance and senior student assessment programs
  • analyse data to support the issue of senior education profiles (SEP) and national assessment program literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) test reports, using programs such as R, SQL, Ruby on Rails, R Markdown, Microsoft Power BI, LaTeX and code version control software
  • participate in all aspects of the assessment and reporting program from design and development of data projects across a range of methods, through to implementation of analyses which includes analysing and extracting data, and compiling and distributing complex and customised reports, findings and recommendations
  • provide advice to internal managers and staff on data analysis and extraction and the production of reports
  • participate in the formulation of policy advice and recommendations for the QCAA about data analysis and reporting projects
  • use knowledge of database design and querying to maintain QCAA databases to ensure they can be used to inform sound policy advice at any time


assist in performing quality control over the large-scale datasets required for the preparation of class, school and student data for NAPLAN, generation of the SEP and marking of senior external assessment.

Interested in applying?

Your Application Should Include

  • a brief letter/statement (no more than two pages) that addresses the points outlined in the ‘What we are looking for' section
  • a copy of your résumé (no more than 2 pages) that details your qualifications and experience, and the names of two work-related referees.


Further information

For further information, refer to the Information for Applicants document.

Enquiries from potential applicants who would like further information on the role are welcome and encouraged. Please refer to the contact details provided at the top of this position description.

Occupational group IT & Telecommunications

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