Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

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Consultation
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Work Studies Years 9–10
Cross-curriculum priorities
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Student Diversity
Alternative Curriculum Recognition
Information Materials
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Consultation

Consultation is an essential component of the curriculum development process. ACARA encourages feedback from all people interested in the future of Australian education.

Upcoming online consultations will be promoted on the consultation page of the Australian Curriculum website, the ACARA website and through the ACARA Update email newsletter.

The consultation process

Consultation plays an integral role in establishing the directions for the design and development of the curriculum. ACARA’s consultation processes are described in the Curriculum Development Process v6.0. Feedback is sought from a range of people and organisations, including education authorities, parent bodies, professional education associations, academics and business, industry and community groups. At critical points in the process there is broad national public consultation on draft materials notably at the draft shape paper stage and the draft curriculum stage. In between these periods of consultation, there is also opportunity for the representative stakeholder groups to provide feedback.

Consultation involves:
  • public feedback at key consultation points through completion of online surveys and provision of written submissions at the consultation portal of the Australian Curriculum website.
  • state/territory consultation forums involving teachers, academics, authorities and associations
  • national panel meetings involving a range of ‘experts’ – teachers, academics, authorities and associations
  • meetings with state and territory authorities and major professional associations
  • participation of intensive engagement schools and teachers in using and commenting on the usefulness of the curriculum
  • critical readers and reviewers around the country.

Consultation feedback, reports and actions

Consultation feedback is provided by a wide range of stakeholders throughout Australia in the form of online surveys and detailed written submissions. ACARA has comprehensive processes in place with advisory groups and national panels to review all consultation feedback and take appropriate action to improve draft curriculum documents.

Formal consultation reports summarise the key findings received from the stakeholder consultation and are available on the learning pages via the links below. These reports outline the methodology used to collect and analyse consultation data, the quantitative and qualitative feedback itself, and recommendations.

Consultation reports are grouped into three broad categories:
  • Learning areas and subjects
  • General curriculum papers
  • National and international mapping

Consultation on learning areas and subjects

The Learning Area Consultation Data 2008-2013 provides an overview of consultation data for learning area curriculum to date, including consultation periods and number of submissions received.

The Arts

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: the Arts Consultation Report (August 2011)

Draft Australian Curriculum: the Arts Foundation to Year 10 Consultation Report (November 2012) - including intensive engagement activity

English

Framing Paper Consultation Report English (May 2009)

Final Consultation Report on the draft Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history (K-10) (July 2010)

Trial School Consultation Report (July 2010)

Consultation Report on the Draft Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum: English

Health and Physical Education

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Consultation Report (July 2012)

Draft Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Foundation to Year 10 Consultation Report (June 2013) - including intensive engagement activity

Humanities and social sciences

Civics and Citizenship

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship Consultation Report (November 2012)

Draft Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship Year 3 to 10 Consultation Report (September 2013) - including intensive engagement activity

Economics and Business

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business Consultation Report (November 2012)

Draft Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business Year 5 to 10 Consultation Report (September 2013) - including intensive engagement activity

Geography

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Geography Consultation Report (February 2011)

Draft Australian Curriculum: Geography Foundation to Year 12 Consultation Report (August 2012) - including intensive engagement activity

History

Framing Paper Consultation Report History (May 2009)

Final Consultation Report on the draft Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history (K-10) (July 2010)

Trial School Consultation Report (July 2010)

Consultation Report on the Draft Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum: History

Languages

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages Consultation Report (November 2011)

Draft Australian Curriculum: Languages Foundation to Year 10 Consultation Report (November 2013) - including intensive engagement activity

Mathematics

 

Framing Paper Consultation Report Mathematics (May 2009)

Final Consultation Report on the draft Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history (K-10) (July 2010)

Trial School Consultation Report (July 2010)

Consultation Report on the Draft Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum: Mathematics

Science

Framing Paper Consultation Report Science (May 2009)

Final Consultation Report on the draft Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history (K-10) (July 2010)

Trial School Consultation Report (July 2010)

Consultation Report on the Draft Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum: Science

Technologies

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10 Consultation Report (August 2012)

Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10 Consultation Report (August 2013) - including intensive engagement activity

Work Studies Years 9–10

Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Consultation Report (April 2013)


Consultation on general curriculum papers

National and international mapping

During consultation on the draft Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history, ACARA undertook an independent analysis of similarities and differences between the Australian Curriculum and state and territory curricula. An international mapping process was also undertaken for the final Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics and science against international comparison curricula.

Youth Voice

ACARA is very interested in hearing from young people and students about their thoughts, feelings, suggestions, questions and recommendations throughout the development of the Australian Curriculum. There will be opportunities to participate in consultation and contribute to the development of the remaining subjects that ACARA is developing, including the arts, languages and technologies.

Please watch this webpage for further information on how you can contribute towards the development of the Australian Curriculum.

Youth Voice