[pl. curricula or curriculums] the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college.
-ORIGIN Latin ‘course, racing chariot’..
[pl. syllabuses or syllabi] the topics in a course of study or teaching, especially for an examination.
-ORIGIN Latin, from Greek sittuba ‘title slip, label’.
Being a federal system, each state and territory developed their own curriculum having various topic syllabuses. A process is underway to develop a national curriculum from Foundation [first year of school] to Year 12. This began with English, Mathematics, Science and History. To follow this, visit Progress of the Australian Curriculum. It indicates all current areas and their present stage of development. By clicking on the name [e.g. Arts F-10], you will access greater detail. Further national curriculum information can be found in the Commonwealth section below.
This page covers curriculum and syllabuses in all states & territories, Commonwealth involvement now and in the future, and other curriculum sources including international information, journals and more.
Some previous material has been moved to specific pages, e.g. Middle Years of School, Assessment, Vocational Education, … .
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
- ACT Board of Senior Secondary
Senior secondary system.
- ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies [Course
‘Course Frameworks are system curriculum documents for Years 11 and 12. They provide the essential basis for the development and accreditation of any course within a designated subject area a common basis for assessment and reporting of student outcomes in courses based on the framework’. PDF.
- ACT Senior Secondary Curriculum
Accreditation, development, more.
- Australian Sustainable Schools
Initiative - ACT
‘Sustainability curriculum package’.
- Curriculum Framework
‘2007 ACT curriculum framework, Every Chance to Learn, describes what is essential for ACT students to learn from preschool to year 10’. Includes the following.
- Curriculum Design
Covers Scope & Sequence, Planning Units of Work, additional or worthwhile learning.
- Curriculum Resources
‘Resources to support the implementation of the ACT curriculum framework will be progressively published from 2008’.
- Introduction to the Framework
PDF and Word documents. Framework Documents, Framework by bands of Development.
- Parent Information
Brochure entitled ‘Every Chance to Learn’. PDF format.
- Curriculum Programs
Department of Education & Training.
- Every Chance to Learn
‘Welcome to the Every Chance to Learn website. The 2007 ACT curriculum framework, Every chance to learn, describes what is essential for ACT students to learn from preschool to Year 10’.
New South Wales
- Centre for Learning Innovation
‘Promotes teaching and learning innovation throughout NSW government schools and TAFE NSW’.
- Curriculum Policy
The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Education Office.
- Curriculum Projects
Specific projects from the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program : NSW. Scroll down to access the curriculum areas.
Information from Sustainable Schools NSW.
You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
- Curriculum Support Directorate
Department of Education & Training.
- NSW Board of Studies
Syllabuses for students from K-12. For parent information go to these sites.
- Board Of Studies NSW K6
Especially for K-6.
- NSW Syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum
‘Features now available include : support materials, syllabus download, hyperlinked glossaries, filtering and advanced search facilities. In 2012 and 2013 schools will continue to use the existing NSW K-12 syllabuses’.
- Parents’ Guide to
the NSW Primary Syllabuses
‘Provided to help you follow your child’s early learning and to help you talk with teachers about day-to-day classroom activities and your child’s progress’.
- Useful Information for Parents
Separate sections address Primary, Years 7-10 & Years 11-12, an example of which is provided below.
- Teaching and Learning Exchange [TaLe]
‘Gateway where teachers, school leaders and parents can easily locate research and resources to support student learning’.
- The Australian Curriculum in New South Wales
The home page for this from the NSW Board of Studies. You can also access their Response to the Draft K-10 Curriculum from this page and download a PDF copy here.
- Board of Studies
Curriculum, assessment, reporting, certification.
‘Since 2002 the Northern Territory has had a mandated Curriculum Framework that identifies outcomes for all learners from Transition - Year 10’.
- Curriculum Services Branch
Presently being rebuilt as part of a new site..
- Curriculum Framework [NT]
Outcome-focused learning, layer 2 resources, reporting, curriculum framework, more. Much can be downloaded as PDF documents.
- Northern Territory Music School
‘Provides specialist music tuition and support for programs in schools across the NT and has a busy program of NT DET system wide projects and events. It is a unique school, gazetted by act of Northern Territory Parliament in 1976, whose teachers travel to their students, wherever they may be, whatever their uniform’.
Summary of curriculum broken into sections from Preparatory to Year 12. Education Queensland.
- Curriculum : Learning, Teaching, Assessment
‘Curriculum is all the planned, guided and implemented learning that occurs in a school. Queensland state schools develop school curriculum plans using the Key Learning Area syllabuses or New Basics organisers’.
- Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework
‘Will improve the quality of schooling and the comparability of assessment and reporting of student achievement right across the state. The Queensland Studies Authority is developing the materials and tools for the framework’.
- Queensland Studies Authority [Early Years]
General Information, Curriculum Guidelines, Support Materials.
- Queensland Studies Authority [P-12]
Curriculum and outcomes information. Broken into sections for P-Year 3, Years 1-9, Year 10, Years 11 and 12.
- Queensland Studies Authority [11-12]
Curriculum and outcomes information.
- Implementing Curriculum in South Australia
The SACSA Framework. 2008 article from Curriculum Leadership Journal.
- Islamic College of South Australia
Select Curriculum from the main menu, then various levels from this.
- Learning and Curriculum in the Early Years
‘Same First Day information, resources for implementing the National Curriculum, Early Learning and Curriculum programs and initiatives, other links to areas of further interest’.
- SACE Board of South Australia
Senior curriculum linked to the South Australian Certificate of Education.
Curriculum standards and accountability framework.
- Training & Skills Commission
Training and skills development information.
in Tasmanian Schools K-12 Policy
Download this document from this site.
- Curriculum Centre
‘Curriculum area resources designed specifically for teachers can be accessed at the Curriculum Centre’. Department of Education log-in required.
Page is presently being developed as part of the new site.
- Tasmania Together
Use the menu on the left to find relevant details. You can find Online Benchmark Reports here.
Syllabuses for senior schools.
- AusVELS - The Australian Curriculum in Victoria
‘AusVELS incorporates the Australian Curriculum F-10 for English, Mathematics, History and Science within the curriculum framework first developed for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). AusVELS uses an eleven level structure to reflect the design of the new Australian Curriculum whilst retaining Victorian priorities and approaches to teaching and learning’.
AusVELS Resources and Support
‘Information and resources have been developed to support the implementation of the AusVELS’. These range from subject resources through to assessment, planning, professional development and more.
- AusVELS - VCAA
‘AusVELS is the Foundation to Year 10 curriculum for Victorian government and Catholic schools and is available to all independent schools as a model and resource for the effective implementation of the Australian Curriculum’.
- Laying the Foundations, Years Prep-4
Information from the Department of Education & Training, plus the following.
- English Developmental Continuum P-10.
- EAL in Schools
‘The following pages detail a range of print materials which support teachers of EAL students. It also provides information about availability and purchase. The publications are divided into four sections’.
- LOTE Curriculum
Also try Languages Online for related resources and LOTE Resources.
- Victorian Essential Learning Standards
‘Curriculum that is offered to students from Prep to Year 10 is accompanied by a range of teaching and learning aids to ensure teachers and students maximise the opportunity for education’. Covers 3 major strands and multiple domains. In each there are sections on resources, the learning framework, professional development, assessment and more.
- Program for Students with
Guidelines, documents, links to related information.
- Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority
AIM, P-10, Senior Studies. ‘We are responsible for the provision of high quality curriculum and assessment programs for all students in Victoria’.
‘ArtsEdge facilitates collaboration between the education, arts and cultural sectors. We support arts education by creating opportunities for partnerships and the enrichment of skills through professional learning programs’.
- Curriculum Council [WA]
Year 11 and 12 Subject and Additional Subject Information & Syllabus Information
- Curriculum Council - Courses
Senior curriculum, various course formats.
- Curriculum Framework [WA]
All subject areas.
- Curriculum Framework Support WA
A list of Curriculum Council Internet Resources. Catholic Education Office.
- Curriculum -
Learning & Teaching K-12
‘All teaching and learning in Catholic Schools in Western Australia is founded in the Curriculum Framework. The Curriculum Framework is built upon a commitment to the philosophy that learning is continuous and the essential purpose is to improve the learning and achievement of all students’.
- Curriculum Materials Information
- Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
‘Responsible for developing an Australian national curriculum for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12, starting with English, Mathematics, the Sciences and History. National curriculum will be developed collaboratively. It will be the product of Australians working together to develop a world-best curriculum’. News, ways of participating, read publications, keep up to date with this major move. Check Vodcasts on the site. Download The Shape of the National Curriculum : A Proposal for Discussion as a starting point to building your knowledge level. This can be found on their Publications page.
- Australian Curriculum Audit
‘In order to assist schools [in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum] an audit tool has been developed [by the AIS in South Australia. This tool is part of AISSA’s implementation strategy for the Australian Curriculum. You can map your school curricula against the Australian Curriculum documents using this tool. An audit code has been included which will enable you to indicate whether or not changes to your current school curriculum documents are required and to highlight resource and professional development implications’.
- Australian Curriculum
‘The following information is based on advice provided to ACARA by jurisdictional officers along with a review of relevant State and Territory websites. More detailed information should be sourced from State and Territory school and curriculum authorities’. Data compiled in August 2011.
- Australian Curriculum Online
‘The Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Australian students. The Australian Curriculum describes the learning entitlement of students as a foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community. It makes clear what all young Australians should learn as they progress through schooling. It is the foundation for high quality teaching to meet the needs of all Australian students’. Overview, video, curriculum, General Capabilities, cross-curriculum priorities, FAQs, consultation, more.
- A Guided Tour of the Australian Curriculum :
‘An introduction to the development of the Australian Curriculum : English’. Video. Information on Rationale/Aims, Organisation, Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum.
- A Guided Tour of the Australian Curriculum :
‘An introduction to the development of the Australian Curriculum : Mathematics’. Video. Information on Rationale/Aims, Organisation, Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum.
- A Guided Tour of the Australian Curriculum :
‘An introduction to the development of the Australian Curriculum : Science’. Video. Information on Rationale/Aims, Organisation, Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum.
- A Guided Tour of the Australian Curriculum :
‘An introduction to the development of the Australian Curriculum : History’. Video. Information on Rationale/Aims, Organisation, Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum.
Information Sheets [and Linked Pages]
- Resources [ACARA]
Includes Information Sheets, Learning Area/Subject Information Sheets and brochures in multiple languages.
Priorities Information Sheet
Additional information can also be found on the Cross-curriculum Priorities which looks at these and relates them to the initial four curriculum areas.
- General Capabilities Information
Further information can also be found through the General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum home page which explains the background and provides links to specific capabilities.
- Student Diversity Information
Considerable information including links to state authorities responsible for implementation in this area can be found on the Student Diversity page.
- The Australian Curriculum Consultation Online
‘The Australian Curriculum consultation site allows you to read, review and provide feedback on draft curriculum materials as they become available for public consultation. Feedback can be provided through the consultation portal, by completing online questionnaires and by submitting additional comments via email. The feedback is used to revise and improve the draft materials so that the best possible quality Australian Curriculum documents are developed and published’. You need to register to access the contents but registration is free.
- The Australian Curriculum - Mobile
‘The Australian Curriculum Mobile Edition is the published Australian Curriculum for Foundation-10 years for English, Mathematics, Science and History especially developed for iPhone’. For iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store.
- Youth Voice [ACARA]
‘ACARA is keen to hear from young people across Australia about your Arts experiences in and out of school. Do you do dance, drama, media, music or visual arts ? What have you done ? What did you like ? Who influences your involvement in the Arts ? What would you like to learn in the Arts ? Youth Voice on the Australian Curriculum is where young people share their Arts experience … now it’s your turn …’.
- Australia’s National Curriculum
Rudd’s Revolution in Education Begins. Article by Stephen Crabbe, Suite 101™. Another article from the same author is What Sort of National Curriculum ? Hopes and Fears for Australian Education under Kevin Rudd. Centres on what such a curriculum should contain.
- Education Services Australia
Established by the Federal and State Governments to work in the curriculum area. Also covers the National Profiles. This body resulted from the merger of The Curriculum Corporation and Education.au. Among its various resources and programs is
- COAG Ministerial Decision, December
Communique from this meeting setting out what had been agreed and providing information about implementation of Stage 1.
- National Digital Learning Resources Network
‘The National Digital Learning Resources Network contains more than 12 000 digital curriculum resources that are Free for use in all Australian schools. The resources are aligned to state and territory curriculums and are progressively being aligned to the Australian Curriculum as it develops. The resources are made available to teachers through state and territory portals or Scootle. The tertiary sector can access the content through the eContent repository’.
- Science Is The Sticking Point
Article quoting Barry McGaw on the difficulties in getting curriculum agreement in this area.
The following links provide access to curriculums from other countries around the world. The number listed will increase as these are found.
- Curriculum, British Columbia
‘The Ministry of Education sets the education standards for students in grades K to 12 through the provincial curriculum. These standards are called Prescribed Learning Outcomes [PLOs]. PLOs outline the expectations for what students should know and be able to do at each grade and within each subject area’. Canada.
Provides links to information on curriculum at both a national and state level in the US. It also has links to other international curriculum sites.
- Saskatchewan Learning
Curriculum & Learning Resources. Access information on individual areas including documents, related documents and resources and links to further Saskatchewan curriculum information, including the Saskatchewan Curriculum site. Canada.
- The School Curriculum [UK]
‘This section contains information on curriculum requirements for state schools. The state sector comprises maintained schools, academies and Free Schools. The requirements for maintained schools are set out in the primary curriculum subjects and secondary curriculum subjects sections. The specific curriculum requirements for academies are set out in their funding agreements’.
Australian Curriculum Studies Association. ‘ACSA works to support educators so that all students have access to a meaningful, relevant and engaging curriculum’. Find out about Papers, Publications, IDEAS, Projects, Awards, Conferences & Events.
- An Action Research Approach to Curriculum Development
Article with embedded links, references, more. University of Sheffield, UK.
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
‘A community of educators, advocating sound policies and sharing best practices to achieve the success of each learner’. Worth joining, while their journal Educational Leadership is excellent.
- Australasian Curriculum Assessment Certification Authorities
‘The national body for the chief executives of the statutory bodies in the Australian States and Territories and New Zealand responsible for certificates of senior secondary education’.
- Australian Curriculum Frameworks and Syllabuses [K-10]
National Curriculum Areas, listed for each area now developed or being developed.
‘Leads the national drive to improve learning through technology. We also work to support the education workforce to make the best use of technology to improve learning’. British group that worked with schools, school authorities, government, industry. Of interest could be the Understanding the Impact of Technology [Learner and School Level Factors] 2010 and also, the Emerging Technologies for Learning : Volume 3 , both available in PDF format, in whole or parts. [This is the archived version of the sites as they were replaced by a different site/approach when the new government came to power.]
- Centre for Curriculum Redesign [CCR]
‘What should students learn in the 21st century ? The mission of the Centre for Curriculum Redesign is to answer this timely question, and openly propagate its recommendations and frameworks on a worldwide basis. The CCR brings together non-governmental organisations, jurisdictions, academic institutions, corporations, and organisations including foundations’. The NSW Department of Education has recently joined this group.
Secondary Schools in Australia Years 7 to 10
‘Summarises the junior secondary curriculum in eight public education systems in Australia as well as in the New Zealand system. Overview of the structure of the secondary system, advice, links relating to students transferring schools, information about the junior secondary curriculum, subjects, courses, and an outline of the various methods of assessing and reporting student achievement when students complete Year 10’.
‘House[s] one of the largest repositories of open educational resources in the world, enabling the creation, sharing, modification, and vetting of content accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime via the World Wide Web. And that’s why all materials are housed free of charge in a variety of formats. Content is accessible not only online, but in downloadable PDF and EPUB formats, as well as being available through a print-on-demand option’.
International Bureau of Education of the United Nations [UNESCO]. Covers areas such as Good practices, Action Research, Training Tool, more. Their Knowledge Management Services is worth visiting, covering research and resources from around the world.
- Curriculum Development [QueensU]
Interesting site [multiple sections], aimed directly at university lecturers. Done by a Canadian university.
- Curriculum Organiser
‘Designed to organise curriculum for the individual teacher and the whole of school. Four layers of planning documents [from student to system] with extensive program contents’. Free sample downloads. Note this is a Fee-based program for either/both individuals and/or schools.
‘Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Our name is a play on the combination of curriculum and wiki which is the technology we’re using to make education universally accessible’.
- Free Curricula Centre
‘Helps students worldwide reach their educational potential by producing and distributing university-level curricula that can be copied freely and modified cooperatively. FCC serves as a focal point for the development and sharing of textbooks, instructor guides, and other educational materials. These materials are released at no cost into the public domain or under an open source style license’.
- Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning
Multi-section book presentation with 11 section including Preface and Conclusion. You can also Download a copy here.
International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Internet Archive. ‘Descriptions of government policy on education in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland [forthcoming], Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA, Wales. Focuses on curriculum, assessment, initial teacher training frameworks for preschool, primary, lower secondary and upper secondary education in schools [3-19 age range]’.
- International Baccalaureate Organisation
Information about structure and content of the three  different program levels offered [based on ages].
- National Educational Technology Standards
‘The standards are credited with significantly influencing expectations for students and creating a target of excellence relating to technology - Now, we’re defining what students need to know and be able to do with technology to learn effectively and live productively in a rapidly changing digital world’.
- National Museum of Australia
‘Our resources for classroom learning include units of work, activities, primary sources, resources to order, multimedia and more’. An emphasis is placed on Indigenous studies. Linked to specific curriculum areas/levels.
- Kraus Curriculum Development Library
‘Searchable database of curricula brings together educational objectives, content, instructional strategies, evaluative techniques for all subjects covered in PreK-12 and Adult Basic Education’. Take a Free trial to assess its worth.
- Wilson’s Curriculum Development Index
Topics from defining curriculum to objectives of various kinds and methods of change. Each has information, related links. His Links page is worth visiting as well.
- International Journal of Education Policy and
Abstracts, PDF files of selected articles.
- Journal of Curriculum Studies
Abstracts of relevant articles from 54 issues are provided.
- The Curriculum Journal
Gain a Free copy, access online contents, previous Tables of Contents.