Australian Curriculum

Welcome to The Australian Curriculum V7.0

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 V7.0 July 2014

Australian Curriculum Website Launch

Following feedback from principals, teachers and parents, ACARA, in collaboration with Education Services Australia, worked to develop a new look for the Australian Curriculum website. The new and improved Australian Curriculum website is ready for use.

The new website offers improved navigation and functionality, including a curriculum browser that allows users to select and filter curriculum elements such as subjects, strands and year levels. It also allows users to compare content descriptions and achievement standards across a number of year levels for different subjects. Visually, the new site uses scrolling images with multiple panes depicting both primary and secondary students and teachers on the home page and uses a coloured banner to better distinguish each learning area.


Four languages have been added to the Australian Curriculum: Chinese, French, Indonesian and Italian. With the release of the languages curricula, ACARA has now published curriculum for all eight learning areas of the Australian Curriculum - a significant moment in Australian education history.

Annotated Work Sample Portfolios, June 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

Assessment, Moderation and Reporting

The following documents have been added to Support and Resources / Assessment, Moderation and Reporting

Learning Area Audit Tools

Audit tools for The Arts (Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts) have been added recently.

Resources for the Thinking General Capability

This new page has been created to publish and share Teaching Units based on various curriculum models, for example, Bloom's Taxonomy. These resources may be used freely but with acknowledgement.


A new Australian Curriculum Unit template that incorporates academic vocabulary has been added to the list of available templates in Support and Resources.

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