In 2010 for the first time in our nation's history, Australian Schools began the implementation of a National Curriculum.
Prior to this all states and territories were responsible for developing their own Curricula. The development of the Australian Curriculum represents a commitment by all Australian states and territories to work together to develop a world-class curriculum for all young Australians.
The Australian Curriculum sets out what each Australian student should be taught in relation to learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities. Key elements of the curriculum are Content Descriptions and Achievement Standards organised in learning areas.
The Content Descriptions specify what teachers are expected to teach. The Achievement Standards describe what students are typically able to understand and achieve as they progress through their schooling.