Australian Curriculum

Welcome to The Australian Curriculum V6.0

Welcome to The Australian Curriculum: Support and Resources 
Phase One of the Australian Curriculum was to be implemented by the end of 2013 in the Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Science and History. Professional Learning workshops and resources to assist Principals and Schools have been developed to support schools. Further advice, support and resources will be added as Updates. This initiative is part of AISSA’s implementation strategy for the Australian Curriculum. 


Update Australian Curriculum V6.0 March 2014


The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) provided the Federal Government with a statement as a contribution to the review of the Australian Curriculum 24/3/2014. ACARA’s statement highlights the processes ACARA adopted in developing each of the learning areas and subjects that make up the Australian Curriculum.

ACARA’s mandate is to provide young Australians with the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes. Work on the national curriculum is never completed. It will always be a work in progress and therefore ACARA is open to whatever advice the reviewers provide as a means of improving the educational prospects of future generations.

ACARA’s statement is available on their website at


Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics and Business

The Arts

Health and Physical Education

These may be accessed on the Australian Curriculum Website.


The student diversity materials relate to all students in all settings and provide advice on how the design of the Australian Curriculum may be used to personalise learning. The materials now have more detailed advice for teachers working with gifted and talented students.

Three groups have been identified in the advice materials: students with disability, gifted and talented students, and students for whom English is an additional language or dialect. These do not reflect homogenous groups of students, and teachers may draw from one or all sections when planning to meet individual learning needs.

Student diversity materials are located on the Australian Curriculum website

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Professional Learning
Janet Farrall, Senior Educational Consultant, and Marg Taylor, AISSA Consultant are available to offer you and your Leadership team in-school advice and support on leading implementation of the Australian Curriculum. This assistance is free. Professional Learning options have been developed which you can access and/or tailor to your school’s individual needs.

Professional Learning Options available:

• Achievement Standards, Moderation and Assessment Task Design

• Critical, Creative and Reflective thinking

• Gifted and Talented Education

• Learning and Teaching Unit Design

• Mapping the General Capabilities

• Multi-age Classes

• Teaching History

• The General Capabilities

Principals and Curriculum leaders who wish to access this support are invited to contact Roger Anderson, Deputy Chief Executive, or Janet Farrall,

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New Australian Curriculum Resources 2014

Please note that AISSA does not endorse external workshops nor does AISSA have any responsibility for their content.

Recording Rubric Resources
Recording Rubrics for Civics and Citizenship, Health and Physical Education, Design and Technologies, Digital Technologies have been added to the Learning Areas page.

Moderation Resources
Some useful websites have been added to assist teachers understand the processes and protocols involved in Moderation of student work samples. and Learning/Australian Curriculum/Support and Resources/Assessment, Moderation and Reporting

Teaching and Learning Matrix
Teachers can use adapt this matrix for use with any Australian Curriculum subject. It allows a “helicopter” view of the Australian Curriculum in any one year level. and Learning/Australian Curriculum/Support and Resources/Teaching and Learning Matrix

Reflective Thinking Curriculum
A curriculum for Reflective Thinking (F-12) has been added to the Australian Curriculum section of the AISSA website. All reflective thinking strategies in the curriculum have been tried and tested by teachers and students over a period of three years. Recommendations of useful resources are provided. and Learning/Australian Curriculum/Support and Resources/General Capabilities/Critical and Creative Thinking

For further information, please contact Janet Farrall,

Audits for the General Capabilities
Audits that enable schools to audit the General Capabilities against their curricula have been placed in the Australian Curriculum section of the AISSA website. The audits are similar to the audits for Subject Learning Areas designed by AISSA in 2010. and Learning/ Australian Curriculum/Support and Resources/General Capabilities (for each of the seven General Capabilities)

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