The Australian Curriculum has three dimensions: learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities.
The Australian Curriculum has eight learning areas. Some learning areas include more than one subject.
|Learning areas||Subjects||Endorsement by the council of federal, state and territory education ministers|
|English||English||Endorsed in December 2010.|
|Humanities and social sciences||History|
|Geography||Endorsed in May 2013.|
|Economics and business||Awaiting final endorsement. Noted in November 2013 and agreed that curriculum could be made available for state and territory use. Decisions about the use of these curriculum are to be taken by relevant authorities in each state and territory.|
|Civics and citizenship|
|The arts||Drama||Endorsed in July 2013, subject to further consultation with Western Australia.|
|Technologies||Design and technologies||Awaiting final endorsement. Noted November 2013 and agreed that curriculum could be made available for state and territory use. Decisions about the use of these curriculum are to be taken by relevant authorities in each state and territory.|
|Health and physical education||Health and physical education|
Education authorities in each state and territory determine the Australian Curriculum implementation timelines for schools. More information about state and territory implementation plans can be found on the ACARA website.
In each curriculum, the content descriptions specify what all young people should be taught, and the achievement standards set out the depth of understanding and sophistication of skill expected of students at points in their schooling.
Other information is provided to support the content descriptions and achievement standards. Each curriculum includes a rationale, aims, year or band level descriptions, information on the organisation of the curriculum, content elaborations, annotated portfolios of student work samples and a glossary.
The Australian Curriculum pays explicit attention to how seven general capabilities and three cross-curriculum priorities contribute to, and can be developed through each learning area.
The seven general capabilities are literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology capability, critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding, and intercultural understanding. Learning continua are available for each capability, which describe the relevant knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions at particular points of schooling.
The Australian Curriculum focuses on three cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, and sustainability.
The Australian Curriculum is published online to provide maximum flexibility in how the curriculum can be accessed and organised. For example, the curriculum may be viewed by learning area, by multiple year levels, or by year level across learning areas, and may be downloaded and printed in those views. For more information, watch the Guided tour.