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Curriculum

ACARA leads national collaboration to produce the Foundation to Year 12 Australian Curriculum.

The Australian Curriculum sets consistent high standards for what all young Australians should learn as they progress through schooling. Across Foundation – Year 12, 35 subjects have been developed and published on the Australian Curriculum website.
 
All states and territories have commenced implementation of the Australian Curriculum. More information about state and territory implementation is provided on the Foundation – Year 10 and Senior secondary pages of this website.
 
ACARA draws on the best national talent and expertise and consults widely to develop the Australian Curriculum. More information is provided about ACARA processes on the Development of the Australian Curriculum and Consultation  pages.
 
ACARA is continuing to develop languages subjects within the Australian Curriculum. ACARA is also developing materials to support teachers as the curriculum is being implemented.To learn more about the progress of curriculum development for each learning area, go to the Learning areas/subjects page.
 
In 2014, as a part of agreed monitoring and evaluation processes, ACARA has gathered information about the effectiveness of the Australian Curriculum and identified ways the curriculum may be improved over time.
 
Monitoring the effectiveness of the Foundation ­ Year 10 Australian Curriculum is ACARA’s first monitoring report on the Australian Curriculum and was approved by the ACARA Board on 9 October 2014.

 

Improving the Australian Curriculum

Early in 2014, the Australian Government announced a review of the Australian Curriculum. ACARA welcomed the review of the Australian Curriculum. More information about the review is available on the Students First website.

In March 2014, ACARA prepared a statement in relation to the review, clarifying how the Australian Curriculum was developed, what has been achieved to date and areas for further work. 

The final report of the Review of the Australian Curriculum was released on 12 October 2014 by the Australian Government. An initial Australian Government response was also released as a starting point for discussions with states and territories and other key stakeholders on how to strengthen and refine the Australian Curriculum.

Work is underway to improve the Australian Curriculum, addressing themes endorsed by the Education Council. These themes are: uncrowding the curriculum; rebalancing the curriculum; improving accessibility for students with disability; and parental engagement.

ACARA is undertaking a program of work of developing, consulting and seeking agreement in relation to proposed actions. This includes undertaking targeted consultation with key stakeholders, including state and territory curriculum, and school authorities and practising teachers, around any changes.

See our factsheet on what ACARA is doing to address themes to improve the Australian Curriculum (PDF 185 kb)