The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.

The proposed revisions to the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics improve the current version by removing outdated and non-essential content, adding new content that is now important for students to learn and refining the sequence of learning.  We have streamlined the structure by embedding the critical processes of reasoning and problem-solving from the previous proficiency strands into the content descriptions and achievement standards. The proposed revisions result in a Mathematics curriculum that supports deeper conceptual understanding to make learning more meaningful and applicable to students; it also gives teachers greater clarity and guidance about what they are expected to teach.

Please see Australian Curriculum – Mathematics, What has changed and Why for more detail on the proposed revisions.

Australian Curriculum Review – the process

In preparing for the Review, ACARA:

  • considered the latest research and international developments; and
  • consulted with practising teachers, curriculum experts, key academics and professional associations.

We formed the Mathematics Curriculum Reference Group and the Teacher Reference Group to provide advice and feedback, with members nominated by state and territory education authorities and non-government sectors.

We also wanted a specific focus on primary schools, so we created the Primary (F–Y6) Curriculum Reference Group and the Teacher Reference Group, which helped give advice and feedback on how we could improve the curriculum for our youngest students.

From this research, teacher feedback and our work with the reference groups, we identified some key areas where the Mathematics curriculum could be improved.

Download the Mathematics Consultation Curriculum

The proposed Australian Curriculum is available in three formats:

  • all elements
    • introductory information - includes the rationale, aims, organisation of the learning area, key connections and key considerations
    • curriculum content for all levels - includes year/band level descriptions, achievement standards, content descriptions and elaborations
  • scope and sequence - with achievement standards and content descriptions only
  • comparative information - showing the current and proposed revisions to content descriptions and achievement standards only.
You can access the primary level scope and sequence charts that combine all the learning areas and are presented by year level