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Civics and Citizenship

The Civics and Citizenship curriculum is all about ensuring students have the skills and values to become active and informed citizens. Students will investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in contemporary society.

The Civics and Citizenship curriculum is designed to foster students’ commitment to national values of democracy, equity and justice. This curriculum will develop students’ appreciation of Australia’s diversity and, overall, “what it means to be a citizen”. It explores ways in which students participate in Australia’s civic life and make a positive contribution as local and global citizens.
 

Draft Years 3–10 Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship

The draft Years 3–10 Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship was open for public consultation from 6 May to 19 July 2013. This consultation period provided an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Civics and Citizenship curriculum and ACARA encourages participation from all stakeholders with an interest in civics and citizenship education.
 


Validation of achievement standards

Validation of the draft Years 3–10 Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship achievement standards commenced on 14 August 2013. The purpose of validation is to ensure that the achievement standards provide a clear progression of achievement across the year levels. As part of this process, ACARA hosted workshops with teachers and curriculum experts from across the country to receive critique and feedback about the pitch, progression and clarity of the draft achievement standards. The revised curriculum prepared for the validation of achievement standards is available for viewing on the ACARA website. This draft work in progress was not a formal consultation document. Additional refinements were made in response to feedback from participants in the validation process.
 
 

Writing of the Years 3–10 Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship

In October 2012 ACARA appointed writers and advisory group members for the writing phase. The selection process for the writers and the Advisory Group (Writing phase) involved the evaluation of applications from teachers, professional associations, education authorities, academics and industry professionals from all states and territories.

The Civics and Citizenship Advisory Group (Writing phase) was established to provide balance of informed views in the development of the draft Civics and Citizenship curriculum. Members from around the country included curriculum experts, stage of schooling specialists and others with extensive research and practical experience in this domain.

 

Draft Civics and Citizenship Curriculum for Consultation

ACARA consulted on the Draft Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship from 6 May to 19 July 2013. More than 350 responses to the online survey and 81 written submissions were received by ACARA. Read the Draft Australian Curriculum Civics and Citizenship Consultation Report Feedback from consultation informed revision to the draft curriculum in preparation for validation of the achievement standards.
 

Advisory group and writers for Civics and Citizenship (Writing phase)

In October 2012 ACARA appointed writers and advisory group members for the writing phase. The selection process for the writers and the advisory group (writing phase) involved the evaluation of applications from teachers, professional associations, education authorities, academics and industry professionals from all states and territories.
 
The Civics and Citizenship Advisory Group (writing phase) was established to provide balance of informed views in the development of the draft Civics and Citizenship curriculum. Members from around the country included curriculum experts, stage of schooling specialists and others with extensive research and practical experience in this domain.

View the composition of the Civics and Citizenship Advisory Group (writing phase)
 

Shaping of the Years 3–10 Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship

The Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship Conultation report was available for public consultation from Monday 4 June to Friday 10 August 2012.

The draft Shape Paper proposed directions for the development of the national Civics and Citizenship curriculum from Years 3–12. Feedback on the draft was received from a range of stakeholders including parents, teachers, professional associations, community groups, academics and state territory authorities. Following analysis of this feedback the draft document was revised and is now available as the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship.  The Shape Paper guides the next stage of curriculum development which is writing the Civics and Citizenship curriculum.


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