Issue 42
Thursday, 10 May 2012

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Draft Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum Released for Consultation


The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum in 14 subjects for English, Mathematics, Science and History for public consultation until 20 July 2012.

The curriculum developed by ACARA includes content and achievement standards that will provide the basis for greater consistency in what is to be taught in senior secondary years of schooling. The focus for consultation will be on whether the proposed curriculum content and achievement standards represent what young Australians should have the opportunity to learn in the senior years of schooling.

You are encouraged to provide feedback about the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum by going to the Australian Curriculum consultation portal at

Once approved, the senior secondary national curriculum will be available for integration into state and territory courses which will also include additional information, guidelines and rules that meet local assessment and certification requirements. Senior secondary courses will be approved by the relevant state and territory curriculum, assessment and certification authorities.

Further information about the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum for each of the four areas (including notes on how the curriculum has changed since national consultation in 2010) can be found here.

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