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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’

Oxford Dictionaries

As a federal system, each state and territory developed their own curriculum. A national curriculum is now being implemented covering from Foundation [first year of school] to Year 12. This began with English, Mathematics, Science and History. To see its present status, visit Progress of the Australian Curriculum. It indicates all current areas and their present stage of development and/or implementation. National curriculum information is 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, journals, more.

Some previous material has been moved to specific pages, e.g. Middle Years of School, Assessment, Vocational Education, … .

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

  • 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

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Northern Territory

  • Board of Studies
    Curriculum, assessment, reporting, certification.
  • Curriculum Framework
    ‘With the introduction of the Australian Curriculum, teachers will be using the two curricula; Australian Curriculum and the NTCF to teach, assess and report. In 2012 the Learning Area Achievement Standards for the Northern Territory were developed to enable a consistent assessment and reporting methodology using the two curricula’.
  • Implementation of the Australian Curriculum in the NT
    ‘While NT schools are transitioning to the F-10 Australian Curriculum the intended curriculum will be a combination of the Australian Curriculum and the Northern Territory Curriculum Framework/Year 10 curriculum’.
  • 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’.


  • Curriculum
    Summary of curriculum broken into sections from Australian Curriculum implementation to Phases of Learning and Learning areas. Education Queensland.
  • Curriculum into the Classroom [C2C]
    ‘The Curriculum into the Classroom [C2C] project provides Queensland state schools with a comprehensive set of materials designed to support implementation of the F[Prep]-Year 10 Australian Curriculum External Link in English, Mathematics, Science and History, and from 2014, Geography’.
  • 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.

South Australia

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  • 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.

Western Australia

  • ArtsEdge
    ‘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 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 Service
    Publications, resources.

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Australian Curriculum

  • 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 Tools
    ‘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 Implementation Survey
    ‘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.

Guided Tours

Information Sheets [and Linked Pages]

  • 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 Edition
    ‘The Australian Curriculum Mobile Edition is the published Australian Curriculum for Foundation-10 years for English, Mathematics, Science and History especially developed for iPhone’.
  • 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 …’.

Other Sites

  • 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. Writes 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 Among its various resources and programs is
  • COAG Ministerial Decision, December 2010
    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.

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Other Information

Other Curriculums

The following link to curriculums from other countries.

  • 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.
  • Edinformatics
    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’.

General Sites

  • ACSA
    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’.
  • 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.
  • Changing 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’.
  • Connexions
    ‘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’.
  • Curriculum Development
    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
    ‘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.
  • INCA
    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 [3] 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.
    Well presented.


For all educational journals, see the Education Journals page.

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