Assessment that meets academic standards and prepares students for future learning in work and life is considered as authentic (Boud & Falchikov 2006).

The University supports authentic assessment in teaching and learning strategies. For example, the UQ Student Strategy 2016–2020 considers authentic assessment as a key initiative for creating game-changing graduates (Goal 1) and the UQ Teaching and Learning Plan 2018–2021 outlines principles for ‘Authentic, progressive and fair assessment’ (Goal 3).