Australian Curriculum Links

This project has links to State and Federal government curriculum guidelines.

Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians

Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) December 2008 (as of July, 2009 Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA).

Global integration and international mobility have increased rapidly in the past decade. As a consequence new and exciting opportunities for Australians are emerging. This heightens the need to nurture an appreciation of and respect for social, cultural and religious diversity and a sense of global citizenship.

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Goal 1: Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence.

...all Australian governments and all school sectors must: ensure that schooling contributes to a socially cohesive society that respects and appreciates cultural, social and religious diversity.

Goal 2: All young Australians become :

  • Successful learners - who are able to make sense of their world and think about how things have become the way they are,
  • Confident and creative individuals - who have a sense of self worth, self awareness and personal identity that enables them to manage their emotional, mental, spritual and physical well being - who develop personal values and attributes such as honesty, resilience, empathy and respect for others,
  • Active and informed citizens - appreciate Australia’s social, cultural linguistic and religious diversity and have an understanding of Australia’s system of government, history and culture .... are able to relate to and communicate across cultures ...are responsible global and local citizens.


National Framework: Nine Values for Australian Schooling

(From the National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools, developed from the The Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-first Century, MCEETYA, Adelaide, 22-23 April 1999)

These shared values such as respect and ’fair go’ are part of Australia’s common democratic way of life , which includes equality, freedom, and the rule of law. They reflect our commitment to a multicultural and environmentally sustainable society where all are entitled to justice.

  • Care and Compassion - care for self and others,
  • Respect - treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person’s point of view,
  • Fair go - Pursue and protect the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society,
  • Freedom - Enjoy all the rights and privileges of Australian citizenship free from unnecessary interference or control, and stand up for the rights of others,
  • Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion - Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others.


National Curriculum

The National Curriculum document for History includes the following statements:


The national History curriculum aims to support students to develop knowledge and understanding of the past in order to appreciate their own and other’s culture, to understand better the present and to contribute to debate about planning for the future.

The national History curriculum aims to support students to:

  • develop significant historical knowledge and understanding through the use of the skills of historical inquiry,
  • appreciate the longevity and richness of Australian Indigenous history,
  • appreciate the distinctive as well as the shared nature of our past,
  • develop a critical perspective on received versions of the past and learn how to compare different accounts so that the conflicts and ambiguities are appreciated,
  • build their capacity to respond to modern-day issues in an intelligent and informed manner,
  • become active and informed democratic citizens.


Unit 4: Australia in the Modern World (1901–present)

The twentieth century was an important period in Australia’s social, economic, political and cultural development. The transformation of the modern world through conflict and cooperation provides a necessary context for understanding Australia’s development and Australia’s place within the Asia-Pacific region. Of particular significance is the increasing recognition of the rights of Australia’s Indigenous peoples and the search for reconciliation.

Themes to be explored in the development of depth studies include:

  • global conflict and collective peace
  • migration and nation building
  • mass communication and popular culture
  • dictatorship and democracy
  • rights and freedoms
  • decolonisation and globalisation
  • active citizenship.

This unit will provide an overview of the period along with depth studies which might include: Australia’s involvement in World War I, post-war migration to Australia, the civil rights movement in the United States or apartheid in South Africa compared with Indigenous rights in Australia, the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the influence of globalised American culture on Australia and elsewhere, decolonisation of the Asia-Pacific and the growth of environmentalism.