curriculum [n.]

[pl. curricula or curriculums] the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college.
- ORIGIN Latin ‘course, racing chariot’.

syllabus [n.]

[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’
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As part of a federal system, each state and territory previously developed their own curriculum. A national curriculum is now being implemented covering Foundation [first year of school] to Year 12.

To see information about its development, present status, and possible future proposals, visit The Australian Curriculum. This page covers F-10 and Senior Secondary areas and their present stage of implementation. There are also sections for Parent Information, Student Diversity and Resources/Publications. Be sure to check the National Curriculum information found in the Commonwealth section below.

This page covers curriculum and syllabuses in all states & territories, Commonwealth involvement now and into the future, other curriculum sources, more.

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Australian Curriculum Implementation in the ACT

  • Curriculum Policy
    The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Education Office.

New South Wales

Australian Curriculum Implementation in NSW

  • Curriculum
    ‘Explore teaching and learning in NSW public schools. Key Learning Areas; Learning across the curriculum; Learning for the future; Literacy and numeracy; Multicultural education; Rural and Distance education; Preschool’.
  • Curriculum Policy
    The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Education Office.
  • Curriculum Resources Overview
    Information from Sustainable Schools NSW.
  • NSW Education Standards Authority
    ‘NSW Education Standards Authority replaced BOSTES on 1 January 2017’. For specific information these sites may prove useful :
  • Advice on Units
    ‘The sample units are designed to assist teachers in planning for the implementation of the NSW K-10 syllabuses. The units provide programming ideas for selected syllabus content’.
  • Implementing New Syllabuses
    ‘See which year new primary and secondary syllabuses will start to be taught in NSW schools’.
  • News
    News stories, Official notices, Media Releases.
  • NSW Curriculum Review |[NSW Education Standards]
    ‘The Review will be conducted over an 18 month period, with a draft report to be provided to the Minister in the second quarter of 2019, and a final report by the end of 2019’.
  • Parents’ Guide
    ‘Whether your child is beginning school or transitioning into high school, navigating the NSW school system needn’t be a daunting experience. To help you understand what’s involved with your child attending school, Education Standards has created this Parents Guide’. One example section covers High school : HSC.
  • Student Guide
    A ‘Guide for students in Years 10 to 12’. Read online, download or print.
  • Syllabus Development Process [NSW Education Standards]
    ‘The NSW Education Standards Authority is committed to a syllabus development process that provides opportunities for consultation, establishes achievable timelines and ensures quality syllabuses’.
  • Year K-10 Syllabuses
    Listed alphabetically, and includes those for K-10 and 7-10.
  • Years 11-12 Syllabuses
    All syllabuses listed alphabetically.

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Northern Territory

Northern Territory schools use the complete suite of Australian Curriculum learning areas, cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities from the first year of school to Year 10.


Australian Curriculum Implementation in Queensland

  • Curriculum
    Summary of curriculum : Australian Curriculum implementation, senior schooling curriculum, Queensland Curriculum, framework. Education Queensland. Specific areas include :
  • Curriculum into the Classroom [C2C]
    ‘State Schools Division is supporting Queensland state school teachers to implement the Australian Curriculum through the development of the Curriculum into the Classroom [C2C] resource’.
  • P-12 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework
    ‘The P–12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework specifies the curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements for all Queensland state schools’ principals and staff delivering the curriculum from Prep to Year 12’.
  • Related Policy and Resources
    ‘The Policy and Procedure Register is a centralised location for departmental and corporate policies, procedures, guidelines and other administrative instructions and directives’.

South Australia

Australian Curriculum Implementation in South Australia

  • CSER Digital Technologies : Implementing the Australian Curriculum Learning Area
    ‘A number of open, online courses designed to assist teachers in addressing the new Digital Technologies learning area’.
    Recommended !
  • Leading Learning
    Making the Australian Curriculum Work for Us. ‘A resource for schools to support working with the Australian Curriculum. Provided are a range of stimulus and workshop materials to lead ongoing professional development’.
  • SACE and Subject Renewal
    ‘The SACE Board regularly renews its accredited subjects to ensure that students are accessing relevant, contemporary, high quality senior secondary education that reflects today’s modern and fast-paced society’.
  • Curriculum and Teaching
    Department for Education and Child Development. Includes Curriculum in the Early Tears and Primary and Secondary Curriculum, also related areas.
  • New ! Curriculum taught in South Australia
    ‘Early years; Schooling - Reception to Year 10; Years 10 to 12; Keeping Safe : Child Protection Curriculum; Contact’.
  • Curriculum in the Early Years
    ‘Curriculum in the early years content outlines a range of programs and projects that support the learning of children from birth to 8 years. You will find information on the frameworks that guide what and how your children are taught and cared for in SA government preschools, schools and child care services’, more.
  • Primary and Secondary Curriculum
    Multiple section from overview to link to Years 10 and 12 curriculum.
  • SACE Board of South Australia
    Senior curriculum linked to the South Australian Certificate of Education.

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Australian Curriculum Implementation in Tasmania

  • Belonging, Being and Becoming – Early Years Learning Framework
    ‘The Belonging, Being and Becoming – Early Years Learning Framework has been fully implemented in Tasmanian Kindergartens’.
  • Curriculum
    Overview of curriculum in Tasmania. Link to the Tasmanian curriculum [below]. Links to information on implementation of the Australian curriculum in Tasmania. Links to documents. Includes :
  • eLearning Programs
    ‘A number of eLearning opportunities are available for Department schools in 2016 including a variety of online K-12 courses and programs which can complement, augment or extend local provision’.
  • TQA
    Curriculum, subjects for senior secondary years.


Australian Curriculum Implementation in Victoria

  • Foundation - 10 Curriculum
    ‘The Victorian Curriculum F-10 is the curriculum for Victorian schools. It incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian standards and priorities’.
  • Curriculum Planning Resource
    ‘Resources to support planning and documenting a comprehensive school-wide curriculum’.
  • Download Curriculum
    Use this page to download any or all curriculum documents.
  • F-10 Curriculum
    Introduction, resources, websites, more.

The Victorian Curriculum F-10

  • Resources [Victorian Curriculum Planning]
    ‘The following resources may be useful when curriculum planning’.
  • The Victorian Curriculum F-10
    ‘Sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. It incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards’. Implementing now. See comment in Ausvels link above.

Western Australia

Australian Curriculum Implementation in Western Australia

  • Implementation Requirements
    Done in calendar years with implementation position clearly indicated. [SCSA, WA]
  • The Western Australian Curriculum
    It ‘currently encompasses ACARA’s Australian curriculum English, mathematics, science and history. The Western Australian syllabuses remain broadly consistent with the Australian curriculum but have been contextualised to make them more suitable for Western Australian students and teachers’.
  • The Western Australian Curriculum K-10 Outline
    ‘For all students from Kindergarten to Year 10. It sets out the mandated curriculum, guiding principles for teaching, learning and assessment and support for teachers in their assessment and reporting of student achievement’.

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Australian Curriculum

  • Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
    ‘An independent authority providing a rigorous, national approach to education through the national curriculum, national assessment program and national data collection and reporting program’. News, participating, publications, more. Check their Video library. Download Publications covering all their actions and achievements. The Resources site provides ‘work samples, curriculum connections, Mathematics proficiencies,’ more.

Information Sheets [and Linked Pages]

  • Australian Curriculum Audits
    ‘Audits have been created in order to assist schools in mapping the General Capabilities in their curriculum, co-curriculum and extra-curriculum. 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 resources and professional learning implications’. Created by the AIS of South Australia.
    You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
  • Cross-curriculum Priorities Information Sheet
    Information is also found on the Cross-curriculum Priorities page.
  • Diversity of Learners
    Information, including links to state authorities responsible for implementation, are found on the Student Diversity page. This has links to Students with Disability, Gifted and talented students, Students for whom EAL/D applies, and a range of documents.
  • General Capabilities
    Information is also found on the General Capabilities page.
  • Australian Curriculum Online
    Now v8.2. F-10 curriculum, Senior Secondary curriculum, Student Diversity areas. Overview, Introduction, Learning Areas/Subjects, General Capabilities, Cross Curriculum Priorities for each.

Special Pages & Documents

Specific Curriculum Areas

Other Sites

  • Asia Education Foundation
    ‘AEF provides teachers, education leaders and school communities with innovative programmes, curriculum resources and networks to support the achievement of Asia literacy for every young Australian’.
  • Curriculum Organiser
    ‘Designed to organise curriculum for the individual teacher and the whole of school’. Free sample downloads. This is a fee-based program.
  • Education Services Australia
    ‘The company was established to support delivery of national priorities and initiatives in the schools, training and Higher Education sectors; acts as required as the legal company for the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood [SCSEEC]’.
  • National Digital Learning Resources Network
    ‘Contains over 20 000 digital resources that are free for use in all Australian schools. Resources are made available to teachers through state and territory portals or Scootle and to pre-service teachers through Scootle’.
  • 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.
  • Quality Schools Package
    ‘The Quality Schools package was announced on 2 May 2017. Central to the package is the Government's goal that every student in Australia should have the opportunities they need to be the best they can be’. Completed in 2018.
  • Schools Online Thesaurus
    ‘Provides a controlled vocabulary of terms used in Australian and New Zealand schools. It encompasses all subject areas as well as terms describing educational and administrative processes’.
  • Scootle
    ‘Scootle is a content discovery portal containing more than 22 000 teaching resources. It includes features that support teachers to organise digital - content and lessons’.

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Other Information

Other Curriculums

The following link to curriculums from other countries.

  • Alberta Education - Programs of Study
    ‘Alberta’s Early Childhood Services [ECS] to Grade 12 curriculum is outlined in provincial programs of study, which identify what students are expected to learn and do in all subjects and grades’.
  • British Columbia - New Curriculum
    ‘Sets education standards for students in grades K to 12 through the provincial curriculum. These 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. After September 1, 2016 all of the kindergarten to grade 9 curriculum can be found on our new curriculum website’. Canada.
  • Edinformatics
    Information on curriculum at national and state level in the US. Links to other international curriculum sites. USA.
  • International Baccalaureate ®
    This group operates several programs for different age groups with a curriculum which is not necessarily the same as that in standard schools.
  • National Curriculum
    ‘The national curriculum for England to be taught in all maintained primary and secondary schools from September 2014’. Curriculum by key stages; Programs of study by subject; Other curriculum subjects; Curriculum changes : information for schools. UK.
  • Primary School Curriculum
    Covers the Primary sector while this page, Normal [Academic] Course Curriculum looks at one form of the secondary curriculum. The latter also covers part of their Technical course program. Singapore.
  • Saskatchewan Curriculum
    Curriculum & Learning Resources. Individual areas including documents, related documents, resources, links to further Saskatchewan curriculum information. Canada.
  • The NZ Curriculum Online
    ‘Information, resources, news, advice and guidance, inspiring school stories, practical ideas, research reports, how to get support, more’.

General Sites

  • ACSA
    ‘Supporting the professional interests of educators in curriculum work from all levels and sectors within and beyond Australia’. Publications, IDEAS, Projects, Awards, Conferences, Events.
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
    ‘A global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading’. Their journal Educational Leadership is worth considering.
  • Australasian Curriculum Assessment Certification Authorities
    ‘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’.
  • CCR
    CCR brings together non-governmental organisations, jurisdictions, academic institutions, corporations, and organisations including foundations’. NSW DEC and Victoria are members.
  • Curriculum Development
    UNESCO. Use the filter options to refine what you are looking for.
  • Free Curricula Centre
    ‘Producing and distributing university-level curricula that can be copied freely and modified cooperatively. Materials are released at no cost into the public domain or under an open source style license’.
  • Kraus Curriculum Development Library
    ‘Searchable database of curricula brings together educational objectives, content, instructional strategies, evaluative techniques for all subjects covered in Pre K-12 and Adult Basic Education’. Fee-based or access via a group or organisation.
  • What Is Curriculum Development ?
    Article with links from teAchnology.


For all educational journals, see the Education Journals page.

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