Consultation is an essential component of the curriculum development process. ACARA encourages feedback from all people interested in the future of Australian education.
Consultation plays an integral role in establishing the directions for the design and development of the curriculum. ACARA’s consultation processes are described in the Curriculum Development Process v6.0. Feedback is sought from a range of people and organisations, including education authorities, parent bodies, professional education associations, academics and business, industry and community groups. At critical points in the process there is broad national public consultation on draft materials notably at the draft shape paper stage and the draft curriculum stage. In between these periods of consultation, there is also opportunity for the representative stakeholder groups to provide feedback.
public feedback at key consultation points through completion of online surveys and provision of written submissions at the consultation portal of the Australian Curriculum website
state/territory consultation forums involving teachers, academics, authorities and associations
national panel meetings involving a range of ‘experts’ – teachers, academics, authorities and associations
meetings with state and territory authorities and major professional associations
participation of intensive engagement schools and teachers in using and commenting on the usefulness of the curriculum
critical readers and reviewers around the country.
Consultation feedback, reports and actions
Consultation feedback is provided by a wide range of stakeholders throughout Australia in the form of online surveys and detailed written submissions. ACARA has comprehensive processes in place with advisory groups and national panels to review all consultation feedback and take appropriate action to improve draft curriculum documents.
Formal consultation reports summarise the key findings received from the stakeholder consultation and are available on the learning pages via the links below. These reports outline the methodology used to collect and analyse consultation data, the quantitative and qualitative feedback itself, and recommendations.
Consultation reports are grouped into three broad categories:
Learning areas and subjects
General curriculum papers
National and international mapping
Consultation on learning areas and subjects
The Learning Area Consultation Data 2008-2013 provides an overview of consultation data for learning area curriculum to date, including consultation periods and number of submissions received.
Consultation on general curriculum papers
National and international mapping
During consultation on the draft Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history, ACARA undertook an independent analysis of similarities and differences between the Australian Curriculum and state and territory curricula. An international mapping process was also undertaken for the final Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics and science against international comparison curricula.
ACARA is very interested in hearing from young people and students about their thoughts, feelings, suggestions, questions and recommendations throughout the development of the Australian Curriculum. There will be opportunities to participate in consultation and contribute to the development of the remaining subjects that ACARA is developing, including the arts, languages and technologies.
Please watch this webpage for further information on how you can contribute towards the development of the Australian Curriculum.