V.8 of F-10 Australian Curriculum endorsed

Transition to new version

Australian education ministers have endorsed the Foundation – Year 10 Australian Curriculum. For a period of time, there will be two versions of the Australian Curriculum. This will allow teachers and schools to transition to the improved curriculum.

Not sure which version you should use? See the version implementation advice.

Revisions have been made to the previously available Australian Curriculum to make the curriculum easier to manage, particularly for primary schools, to simplify the curriculum’s presentation and to strengthen the focus on literacy.

See an overview of what’s changed in Version 8 including changes to information on the version 8.0 Australian Curriculum website to support the move to a more streamlined presentation of the curriculum..

See what’s changed in more detail in a tracked changes document (.pdf 2.9 MB)

On literacy

The presence of phonics and phonemic awareness in the Australian Curriculum: English has been increased. The sound and letter knowledge sub-strand of the language strand has been strengthened and renamed phonics and word knowledge, comprising three threads: phonological and phonemic awareness, alphabet and phonic knowledge, and spelling. The content on the Australian Curriculum website has been revised to support these changes; the glossary has expanded to include all relevant terms.

On Geography and History for Primary F–6

A single Foundation – Years 6/7 Humanities and Social Sciences learning area replaces the History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics and Business subjects at these year levels. This change has resulted in a significant reduction in the volume of content descriptions and an improvement in the manageability of the primary curriculum.

Note that all resources on the PETAA website (and especially units of work) and all resources on educational websites PETAA manages (Global Words and English for the Australian Curriculum) have been updated to link to content descriptions in Version 8.1 of the Australian Curriculum including links to the new F–6/7 HASS Curriculum.