The Australian Curriculum provides schools, teachers, parents and students a clear understanding of what students should learn. This curriculum applies no matter where a student lives or what school system they're in. A revised Australian Curriculum will be released in 2022.
The Australian Curriculum
The Australian Curriculum guides what students learn in school.
State, territory and non-government education authorities are responsible for delivering the Australian Curriculum. This includes decisions about:
- Classroom practices
- Complementing resources.
Overview of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum
The Foundation (Preschool/Kindergarten) up to Year 10 Curriculum provides:
- Curriculum content
- An achievement standard in each subject
- Flexibility for teachers to personalise student learning and respond to student needs and interests.
The Australian Curriculum includes:
- eight key learning areas—English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, Languages, Technologies and the Arts
- seven general capabilities—literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology capability, critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, intercultural understanding, and ethical understanding
- three cross-curriculum priorities—sustainability, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.
Review of the Australian Curriculum
On 12 June 2020 a review of the Australian Curriculum commenced to:
- Refine and reduce the amount of content in all eight key learning areas
- Reflect the goals of the The Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration
Understand the Australian Curriculum, how it's developed and get resources to support delivery:
- Go to The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority for information about the curriculum and ACARA's role
- Read the final report of the 2014 Review of the Australian Curriculum