Curriculum

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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News

The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Curriculum.

2015 Simpson Prize Awards

News | 21 April 2015

The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9-10 students encouraging them to explore the ANZAC tradition.

2015 Simpson Prize winners announced

News | 17 March 2015

The eight winners and eight runners-up of the 2015 Simpson Prize have been announced at a special ceremony in Parliament House.

Review of the Australian Curriculum - Final Report and the Initial Australian Government released

News | 11 October 2014

The final report from the Review of the Australian Curriculum has been released.

Parents encouraged to talk to their kids about bullying

News | 21 March 2014

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP is encouraging parents to talk to their children about bullying today, the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Minister Pyne congratulates Simpson Prize winners ahead of Gallipoli trip

News | 19 March 2014

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP has presented prizes to eight winners and eight runners-up of the 2014 Simpson Prize, which recognises outstanding work in historical research around the Anzac story.

Review of the Australian Curriculum and the names of reviewers

News | 9 January 2014

The Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne announced that Professor Ken Wiltshire AO and Dr Kevin Donnelly would lead the review of the Australian Curriculum.

Student First website launched by Minister for Education

News | 9 January 2014

On Friday, 10 January the Minister for Education, the Honourable Christopher Pyne MP, launched the Australian Government’s Students First website.