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Towards an Australian Curriculum

October 2010

Curriculum K-12 Directorate

  • Why an Australian Curriculum?
  • The NSW context
  • Shape of the Australian Curriculum
  • Challenges and opportunities for school implementation


  • Why is the Australian Curriculum being developed?
  • What might the following groups want from the curriculum?
    • Students and parents
    • Industry and business
    • Educators
why an australian curriculum5
Why an Australian Curriculum?

The Australian Curriculum:

  • Recognises the entitlement of all students to a core of knowledge, understanding and skills that provide a foundation for future learning, growth and participation in society.
  • Acknowledges that students learn in different ways and at different rates and that the needs and interests of students will vary.
the melbourne declaration
The Melbourne Declaration
  • The Melbourne Declaration guides the development of the Australian Curriculum.
  • In the declaration Australian governments committed to support all young Australians to become:
    • successful learners
    • confident and creative individuals
    • active and informed citizens.
who develops the australian curriculum
Who develops the Australian Curriculum?
  • The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has been set up for this purpose and is based in Sydney.
  • ACARA is responsible for
    • a national curriculum (K-12)
    • a national assessment program
    • national data collection and reporting
the nsw context
The NSW context
  • The Education Act 1990 is the legislative framework for education in NSW.
  • NSW Board of Studies coordinates, across all sectors, the NSW response to the Australian Curriculum for the NSW Minister.
  • Curriculum K-12 Directorate coordinates feedback across DET schools, regions and state office and provides advice to DG.
  • TheMinister will determine the suitability of the Australian Curriculum for NSW and set timelines for implementation.
the australian curriculum
The Australian Curriculum:

Sets out the nationally agreed curriculum, including what all students are to be taught (content) and the quality of learning expected by years or bands of schooling (achievement standards) in all Australian schools.

Comprised of:

8 learning areas

General capabilities that are integrated across learning areas

3 cross curriculum priorities

The Curriculum is being developed in 3 phases.

phase 1 k 10 english mathematics science history
Phase 1: K-10 English, Mathematics, Science, History
  • Consultation on draft closed May 2010
  • Key NSW issues:
    • Time allocations and balance of the whole curriculum
    • Lack of conceptual frameworks
    • Content overload
    • Integration of general capabilities and priorities
    • Quality of content descriptions
    • Achievement standards
    • Meeting needs of every student
  • Work is continuing at ACARA and curriculum may be finalised later in 2010
phase 1 11 12 english mathematics science history 14 courses
Phase 1: 11-12 English, Mathematics, Science, History (14 courses)
  • Consultation on draft closed July 2010
  • Released without achievement standards
  • Key issues:
    • Clarity about purposes of schooling in Years 11-12
    • Relationship of courses
    • Timetabling issues
    • Lack of conceptual frameworks
    • Content overload
    • Terminology
    • Integration of general capabilities and priorities
    • Meeting needs of every student
  • Due for further consultation in 2011
phase 3 health pe technologies economics business civics and citizenship
Phase 3: Health PE, Technologies, Economics, Business, Civics and citizenship
  • Agreement was reached at the MCEECDYA April meeting on phase 3 learning areas and the timetable for development. 
  • More information about phase 3 Australian Curriculum development yet to be released
influencing the australian curriculum
Influencing the Australian Curriculum
  • Encourage your staff to participate in:
    • ACARA consultation processes

    • NSW DET consultation processes
    • Board of Studies NSW consultation processes
australian curriculum website www australiancurriculum edu au
Australian Curriculum
curriculum requirements for 2011
Curriculum Requirements for 2011
  • Official Notice - BOS 18/10 14 May 2010
  • Board advised that all schools in NSW are to continue to use the existing NSW K–12 syllabuses for 2011