ACARA news, November 2018

Have you seen our latest work samples for Languages, and Economics and Business?

22 November 2018

New work samples for Foundation – Year 10: Languages and Years 7–10 Economics and Business are now available on the Australian Curriculum website.

The work sample portfolios have been selected, annotated and reviewed by classroom teachers and curriculum experts. The portfolio for Languages provides teachers with work samples that are at satisfactory level, and Economics and Business work samples are provided at or above satisfactory level.

The portfolios support teachers and schools to make balanced judgements of student performance over time, in relation to the relevant achievement standards in the Australian Curriculum.


 The languages included in the new work samples portfolios are:

  • Indonesian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • French.

The collection and annotation of more languages work samples, including Arabic, German, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish and Vietnamese, are currently underway and are expected to be published on the Australian Curriculum website in 2019.

Economics and Business

The Economics and Business work samples (within the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area) show Years 7–10 students’ knowledge of entrepreneurship, consumer literacy, contemporary business practices and economic analysis. Work samples also contain examples of students’ works demonstrating their skills in local and global contexts.

Work samples can be viewed on the Australian Curriculum website.

My School updated with 2018 Term 1 and 2 student attendance data

21 November 2018

Today the My School website has been updated with school student attendance rates for Term 1 and 2 of 2018. 

Attendance data are reported as 'all students', 'Indigenous students' and 'non-Indigenous students'. Data are suppressed where student numbers are less than, or equal to, five students. On 12 December 2018 a further update will be undertaken to report the student attendance rate for Term 3. 

Attendance data reporting is a COAG (Council of Australian Governments) initiative to help improve learning outcomes for all students by monitoring attendance. Data are reported twice a year, for Terms 1 and 2, and then for Term 3. 

Also updated is 2017 data for 'senior secondary outcomes' and 'VET in schools'.