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 June 2014

Annotated Work Sample Portfolios, 2014

ACARA has recently published enhanced student work sample portfolios for the Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History.

Annotated work sample portfolios are provided to support implementation of the Australian Curriculum. Each portfolio is an example of evidence of student learning in relation to the achievement standard. As in previous years, three portfolios are available at each year level, illustrating above satisfactory, satisfactory and below satisfactory student achievement. This year’s collection builds on the work of previous work sample projects, which state and territory learning area group members assisted with in 2012.

Students, teachers and schools across Australia have collaborated to develop a diverse range of assessment tasks and work samples. Through this most recent work, an additional 218 samples were added, making a total of 1039 student work samples in the 132 portfolios for these learning areas.

The portfolios are available on the Australian Curriculum website on each of the learning area pages:

During 2014 and 2015, ACARA is collecting work samples for the Phase 2 and 3 curriculum in the Arts, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Health and Physical Education, Geography, Technologies and Work Studies. 

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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 the  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

• Developing Rubrics for the Australian Curriculum

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.

Useful Websites

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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