Issue 17
Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Welcome to the ACARA Update

In this edition:

Curriculum development in the Arts

ACARA is continuing to consult with the education profession and the community as it proceeds with developing further learning areas of the Australian Curriculum.

As at the end of January, ACARA had received over 1,600 online consultation responses and 166 written submissions to the draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts. Respondents included classroom teachers, curriculum authorities, parents, industry groups and university lecturers.

The extensive feedback on the draft shape paper is being analysed and the resulting consultation report will be considered by the ACARA Curriculum Committee in April 2011. The consultation report will inform the revision of the draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: the Arts resulting in a final shape paper which will guide the writing of the Arts curriculum.

ACARA has received more than 400 expressions of interest from potential curriculum writers and/or advisory panel representatives for the Australian Arts curriculum. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in April 2011.

Consultation is now closed, and writing of the Arts curriculum will commence mid-2011.

Information about the development of the Arts curriculum can be found at:

For further information please contact Linda Lorenza, Senior Project Officer, The Arts on 02 8098 3152 or


Recognising special education needs

The Australian Curriculum recognises the entitlement of each student to the knowledge, understanding and skills that provide a foundation for successful and lifelong learning and participation in the Australian community. The curriculum establishes high expectations for all students and is based on the proposition that every student can learn and that every student’s needs are important. It takes account of the different rates at which students learn and the diversity of social and cultural backgrounds and learning needs.

Click here for more information on how the Australian Curriculum recognises the diversity of learners.

ACARA is working with state and territory education authorities to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and has produced information about using the Australian Curriculum to develop rigorous and relevant teaching programs that are inclusive of students with special education needs. This information is available at

There is also information available  to support teachers of students with special education needs. You will find this in the organisation section of each learning area.

For more information, please contact Margaret Lynch, Senior Project Officer, Special Education on 02 8098 3211 or

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