In 1887, a programme of music examinations was initiated in Australia by the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne. Tasmania soon followed, with the University of Tasmania joining in 1911. The other states came on board in the ensuing years until, in 1918, the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) became a national organisation. Its purpose was to provide graded assessments of the achievements of music students across the country – something AMEB continues to delivery today.
Today, AMEB is a federated body with its Federal Office based in Melbourne, while each state’s exams are administered by their own offices. Signatories to the AMEB constitution comprise the Universities of Melbourne, Adelaide, Western Australia, the NSW Minister for Education, the Qld Minister for Education, Training and Employment, and the Tasmanian Minister for Education and Training (administered by the University of Tasmania). These and other education institutions use AMEB qualifications as a benchmark for selection of students into their courses.
AMEB Tasmania is administered by the Conservatorium of Music (University of Tasmania) on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training.