The development of the Australian Curriculum is guided by the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, adopted by the Ministerial Council in December 2008. The Melbourne Declaration emphasises the importance of knowledge, skills and understandings of learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities as the basis for a curriculum designed to support 21st century learning.
The Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Australian students. It describes the learning entitlement of students as a foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community. It makes clear what all young Australians should learn as they progress through schooling. It is the foundation for high quality teaching to meet the needs of all Australian students.
ACARA has developed the Australian Curriculum in consultation with states and territories. Education Authorities in each state and territory have responsibility for implementation of the Australian Curriculum and for supporting schools and teachers.
Detail of changes made to previous versions and those that are now evident in the Australian Curriculum can be viewed on the website under site map and ‘curriculum version history’.
There are three key components to the Australian Curriculum website:
These components are available in the top navigation bar.
Throughout the curriculum development process, ACARA seeks input from key stakeholders, communities and individuals. Shape papers and draft curriculum are published online for consultation. Stakeholders can provide feedback by responding to questionnaires or through written submissions.
Select Consultation in the navigation bar to access curriculum documents currently available for consultation.