Within the curriculum of each state & territory, as well as with the development of a National Curriculum, there are numerous subject [learning] areas. A number of these are considered Key/Core Subject Areas. These are common in all jurisdictions, with additional subject/learning areas also common, though with variation depending on individual state or territory emphases. The same applies to the National Curriculum process, where there is an initial development of core subject/learning areas.
While areas may be common, titles for these vary between states & territories. This is more common with areas other than English [Language], Mathematics and Science. It is even more common with sub-areas within these, especially in secondary years, where individual subjects occur more than areas, as at the Primary level.
This page provides information regarding core areas, titles by state/territory and links to listings and syllabuses for subject areas
Throughout Australia there are 8 nationally agreed learning areas. They are English, Mathematics, Science, the Social Sciences, The Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages and Technology, though as seen below these may be listed by varying titles. In addition, there are perspectives which cross all learning areas. These include such aspects as Indigenous and Multicultural Perspectives.
As indicated above, subject areas become more individual in Secondary schools. In Primary schooling, you learn about Science rather than learning Chemistry, Physics or Biology. You cover the Social Sciences rather than studying History, Geography, Economics, Commerce or Business Studies separately. Many topics covered in Primary schools can be done as Integrated Units involving aspects from more than one key area. For example, a unit on culture in a particular country could include aspects taken from all key areas with work on dress, dance, games, foods, environment, data gathering, writing of reports, … .
In Secondary schools, courses begin as integrated areas but develop into individual subjects as students progress. They are also supplemented by Career and Vocational studies.
The scope and content of individual subject/learning areas expands even further in the final, senior years of Secondary school. Here there is an extended range of Vocational Education courses, while in some states there are endorsed courses which may only be available at selected schools and also separate, rather than integrated, Life Skills courses.
Within each Key/Core Subject Area are incorporated sub- topics depending on school level :
English - Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking, Viewing
Mathematics - Number, Measurement, Chance & Data, Space, Algebra, …
Science - Earth & Space, Energy, Living Things, Investigating, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, …
Social Sciences - History, Geography, Commerce, Cultures, Indigenous Studies, Environmental Studies, …
The Arts - Dance, Drama, Media, Music, Visual Arts
Health & Physical Education - Health, Drug Education, Physical Education, Sport
Languages - Core languages are Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese
Technology - Information Technology, Design & Technology, Home Economics, Agriculture, Business Education, …
A full listing of all subject areas for all school levels is provided for each state and territory in the following section. This is done through access to either frameworks or syllabus listings.
In addition, titles for the Key/Core Subject Areas are also provided in each state listing. They are provided for Primary and Secondary school levels where appropriate.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
Learning Areas are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, The Arts, Health & Physical Education,
Languages and Technology. Additional areas include Values Education, Civics & Citizenship Education, Asia Education
‘The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA] has finalised the English, Mathematics, Science and History strands [and] the first of three phases of the Australian Curriculum will be implemented in years K-10 schools between 2011 and 2013.
- Every Chance to Learn
Provides the curriculum framework and an Every Chance to Learn Brochure for parents which includes information on the core areas.
- Curriculum Programs
‘Individual schools and colleges develop curriculum materials to support teaching and learning approaches that best meet the needs of the school and local community.’
- Senior Secondary Courses
Provides access to downloadable information about each in Word format.
New South Wales
Learning Areas to Year 6 are titled - English, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Human Society & Its Environment, Creative Arts, Personal Development, Health & Physical Education and Languages.
Learning Areas for Years 7-10 are the same except Science & Technology is separated into two separate entities -
Science and Technological & Applied Studies. These are essentially maintained till Year 12, with the addition of
separate Life Skills Courses, VET Curriculum Frameworks and VET Content Endorsed Courses.
NSW is still in a consultation stage for implementation of the first four strands of the Australian Curriculum.
Includes Foundation Statements, syllabuses, modules, work samples and more.
- Years 7-10 Syllabuses
Alphabetical listing of all areas with syllabuses and a range of other support material including Life Skills Statements.
- HSC Syllabuses
Alphabetical listing of all core area subjects, Endorsed Courses, VET, VET Content Endorsed Courses and Life Skills. Includes changes being implemented in 2010.
Key Learning Areas are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society & Environment, Arts, Health &
Physical Education, Languages and Technology & Design. One additional area is Indigenous Languages &
‘The Northern Territory Board of Studies [NTBOS] endorsed the following implementation timelines for Phase 1 of the Australian Curriculum in Northern Territory schools for students in Transition to Year 10 : English and Mathematics - pilot 2011 and implement 2012; Science and History - limited pilot 2011, pilot 2012 and implement 2013’.
- NT Curriculum Framework
PDF downloads are available for both areas and sections of these.
- NT Certificate of Education and Training
Use this site for information re courses and the link to SACE South Australia on which it is based.
Key Learning Areas to Year 9 are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society & Environment, The
Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages, Technology and Information and Communication Technologies
‘In 2012, Queensland schools will implement the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics and Science’ For more information see Implementing the Australian Curriculum in Queensland [Qld Studies Authority].
In Senior Years they are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Social & Environmental Studies, Business & Commerce, Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages and Technologies.
- Queensland Curriculum [Qld Studies Authority]
‘In 2013, Queensland schools will continue to plan, teach, assess and report on the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics and Science, and commence implementing P-10 History. The Queensland curriculum will be maintained for all other learning areas’.
- Year 10 Guidelines [Qld Studies Authority]
‘The Year 10 Guidelines provide information and advice for planning and delivery of challenging and engaging courses in a range of school settings and for different groups of students. Downloads available in PDF or Word formats.’
- Years 11-12
Includes subject list plus key area information and syllabuses.
Key Learning Areas are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Society & Environment, Arts, Health & Physical
Education, Languages and Design & Technology. There is also Enterprise and Vocational Education, ICT, Thinking,
Communication, Identity and Interdependence.
‘From 2013, all Reception to Year 7 teachers will be using the Australian Curriculum English, Mathematics, Science and History for teaching, assessing and reporting. The SACSA Framework will be used for all other subjects’.
- Learning Areas
Detailed information from SACSA. Each key area is broken into Early, Primary, Middle and Senior Years. You can also access cross-curriculum perspectives and Enterprise and Vocational Education information.
- SACE Subjects
Senior Secondary. ‘Access draft subject outlines, subject summaries and other information relevant to the subject by following the links.’
- Teaching and Learning
Covers learning areas for all levels.
Learning Areas are titled - English [Literacy] including LOTE, Mathematics [Numeracy], Science, Society & History,
The Arts, Health & Wellbeing, Vocational & Applied Learning, ICT Framework, Languages.
‘2012 is the first year of implementation for three Australian Curriculum learning areas - English, Mathematics and Science. It is a preparation year for the History curriculum’.
in Tasmanian Schools K-12 Policy
Download this document from this site.
- Senior Secondary Courses
‘This is the official register of senior secondary courses currently accredited by the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority.’ Listed alphabetically. PDF downloads.
Page is presently being developed as part of the new site.
Learning areas are grouped into strands titled Physical, Personal and Social Learning, Discipline-Based Learning and Interdisciplinary Learning. They include English, Mathematics, Science, The Humanities, The Arts, Health & Physical Education, Languages Other Than English and Design, Creativity & Technology. Additional domains include - Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, Civics & Citizenship, Communication, ICT and Thinking Processes.
‘AusVELS is the Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum for Victorian government and Catholic schools for implementation from 2013. AusVELS outlines what is essential for all Victorian students to learn for F-10 and includes the Australian Curriculum F-10 for English, Mathematics, History and Science’. For previous VELS, see this Previous Curricula read the information on this page and us the link provided.
- VCE Studies
Alphabetical listing of all courses. Clicking on each leads to a PDF download of areas of study, or a Word format Study Summary plus other information. Use the VET link [main menu] for further information in this area.
Learning Areas are titled - English, Mathematics, Science, Society & Environment, The Arts, Health & Physical
Education, Languages Other Than English and Technology & Enterprise.
‘Schools in Western Australian will start formal implementation of the new Australian Curriculum for Pre-primary to Year 10 in July this year. Schools will have three years to fully implement the Phase 1 subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and History’.
For information regarding Implementation of the Australian Curriculum in Western Australian Public Schools visit this site.
- K-10 Syllabus
Provides Learning Areas, syllabuses and sub-topics for each. The provision ranges from Early Learning to Year 10.
- WACE Courses
Access a full listing of courses. These include : WACE Courses [Click on selected courses for access to details and downloads]; Endorsed Programs [‘Endorsed programs offer Year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to use workplace learning, university studies, community organisation and personal development programs to meet the completion requirement of the WACE’]; Interstate Languages and VET Industry Specific WACE Courses.