The Australian Curriculum
The Australian Curriculum describes what young Australians should learn as they progress through schooling. It is the foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community. It sets out essential knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities and provides a national standard for student achievement in core learning areas.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has a rigorous and robust curriculum development process to produce a high-quality national curriculum. ACARA draws on the best national talent and expertise to draft the curriculum and considers thousands of opinions from teachers, academics and parents to business, industry and community groups – to make improvements along the way.
The council of federal, state and territory education ministers is responsible for endorsing the Australian Curriculum. State and territory education authorities are responsible for implementation of the Australian Curriculum and for supporting schools and teachers.
The effectiveness of the Australian Curriculum is monitored to inform revision and further development. When changes are made, they are recorded on the website site map under ‘Curriculum version history’.
Exploring the Australian Curriculum website
The top navigation bar of the Australian Curriculum website provides links to:
Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum
- English, mathematics, science and history curriculum were endorsed by all education ministers in December 2010. Geography was endorsed in May 2013.
- Curriculum, labelled ‘Available for use; awaiting final endorsement’, for the arts, civics and citizenship, economics and business, health and physical education, and technologies. Decisions about the use of these curriculum are to be taken by relevant authorities in each state and territory. For more information, visit the ‘F–10 overview’ section of the Australian Curriculum website.
Senior secondary Australian Curriculum
- Curriculum for senior secondary subjects in English, mathematics, science, history and geography has been endorsed by all education ministers as the agreed and common base for the development of state and territory senior secondary courses.
- Support materials are available to assist teachers to use the Australian Curriculum to develop teaching and learning programs that build on students’ interests, strengths, goals and learning needs, and address the cognitive, affective, physical, social and aesthetic needs of all students. This includes students with disability, gifted and talented students, and students for whom English is an additional language or dialect.
- As a part of the curriculum development process, ACARA seeks the opinion of partners, stakeholders, communities and individuals, though forums, meetings, online surveys and submissions. So far, ACARA has considered nearly 20 000 responses regarding the development of the Australian Curriculum. During consultation periods, ACARA collects feedback via the consultation portal.
Digital resources supporting the Australian Curriculum
Scootle provides digital resources for teachers and students. Many of the resources
in Scootle match the Australian Curriculum content descriptions.