The Australian Curriculum provides teachers and parents with a clear understanding of what needs to be covered in each school subject from Foundation to Year 10.

Development of the Australian Curriculum is the responsibility of all Australian governments. State and territory education authorities are responsible for curriculum delivery, including decisions about implementation timeframes, classroom practices and resources that complement teaching of the Australian Curriculum.

Developed by an independent statutory authority, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum provides:

  • curriculum content that all students should be taught
  • achievement standards that all students should be meeting, regardless of their circumstances, the type of school they attend or its location
  • clear understanding for teachers and parents on what needs to be covered in each subject at each year level
  • flexibility for teachers to shape their classes around curriculum essentials.

In January 2014 the then Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced a Review of the Australian Curriculum to evaluate the robustness, independence and balance of the Australian Curriculum

The review’s final report was released in October 2014. Further information about the review, including a copy of the final report and initial Australian Government response, is available on the Students First website.

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