Consultation is an essential component of the curriculum development process. ACARA encourages feedback from all people interested in the future of Australian education.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
Consultation on general curriculum papers
- Students with Disability: Progressing to Foundation Consultation Report v1.5 (January 2012)
- Draft Australian Curriculum materials for students with disability Consultation Report (December 2012)
- General Capabilities Consultation Report (June - August 2011)
- Curriculum revision in Response to Consultation Report (November 2010)
- Shape Paper Consultation Report (May 2009)
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.
- Curriculum Mapping Project – Comparing state and territory curriculum against the Australian Curriculum (2011)
- Curriculum Mapping Project – Comparing international curricula against the Australian Curriculum (2011)
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.