Alternative curriculum recognition (Version 8.4) 

As part of our charter, we advise the Education Council on whether alternative curriculum frameworks meet the requirements of the national curriculum.  

View the recognition register

The information and downloads on this page:

  • explain the process for the recognition of well-established curriculum frameworks as meeting the requirements of the Australian Curriculum
  • assist organisations to prepare submissions to the ACARA Recognition Committee.  

The criteria for the assessment of a curriculum framework include that the specified version of the curriculum framework:

  • aligns with the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (PDF 978 kb)
  • assists students to ‘become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens’ *
  • meets principles and guidelines in the Shape of the Australian Curriculum v.4 2012 document
  • provides for students to learn the curriculum content and achieve standards described in Australian Curriculum documents.

The timeline for processing submissions will be communicated to proponents/organisations at the time submissions are received.


How to apply for alternative curriculum recognition

Download information about the process of recognition and access templates to be used by proponents and organisations when seeking national recognition for:

  • a curriculum framework, or
  • learning areas/subjects to be added to an alternative curriculum framework listed on the Recognition Register.

Process of recognition document (PDF 1.3 mb) – for the recognition of curriculum frameworks.

For use by proponents seeking national recognition of a curriculum framework:

For use by organisations seeking recognition for learning areas/subjects for addition to a nationally recognised curriculum framework: 

* Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, 2008, p. 8