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ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) improves learning for young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting.

Curriculum: Charged as an independent authority, we take a national approach to education through developing and implementing a world-class national curriculum. Visit the Australian Curriculum  website for more information.

Assessment: We run the national assessment program – the national tests students take in school – including NAPLAN. We are also responsible for the My School website, which gives information on the performance and resources of more than 9500 schools.

Reporting: We produce a number of reports, notably the National Report on Schooling in Australia – a major report of statistical and related information about educational outcomes.

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Australian Curriculum update


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Child safety in the Australian Curriculum

22 July 2014

ACARA agrees with Mr and Mrs Morcombe that teaching students about child safety is incredibly important; we respect and acknowledge their contribution to this vitally important issue. We commend the work that Mr and Mrs Morcombe have done in producing the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum and its focus on child safety.

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Sexuality in the Australian Curriculum

22 July 2014

In a discussion on ABC’s Q&A last night, the issue of sexuality education in the national curriculum was raised.

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Four new languages curricula for the Australian Curriculum

21 July 2014

ACARA has today released the Australian Curriculum for four languages: Chinese, French, Indonesian and Italian.

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Read 'A significant moment in Australian education history' media release (PDF 84 kb)

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MH17: ACARA expresses condolences

21 July 2014

ACARA wishes to express its condolences to the families and loved ones of those that have tragically died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

A number of educators are believed to be amongst those who have lost their lives. Their loss will be felt deeply by the teaching community, their colleagues and by students and former students alike.

ACARA would like to express our sincere sympathy to those affected by this tragedy.

ACARA welcomes new Board members, farewells departing members

15 July 2014

ACARA is pleased to welcome six new Board members to the ACARA Board: Deputy Chair Professor Emeritus Brian Caldwell and members Valerie Gould, Dr Paul Sharkey, Patrea Walton, Stephen Gniel and Michael Hewitson AM.

As ACARA welcomes new Board members, we again acknowledge and thank those who have farewelled the Board

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Have you heard?

15 July 2014

You may have heard through the grapevine that the Australian Curriculum will soon be updated with four new languages, made available for use, subject to endorsement.

Stay tuned – this is just one of the exciting developments we will launch on Monday 21 July, a significant day in Australia’s educational history as curricula become available for use across all eight learning areas.

Check back on our website, watch out for the ACARA Update in your inbox, or follow us on social media on Twitter @ACARAeduau or Facebook ACARAeduau.

ACARA supports QCAA decision to release NAPLAN ‘raw data’

15 July 2014

ACARA supports the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s decision to release NAPLAN raw data to schools early in Term 3.

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ACARA supports project to strengthen NAPLAN testing

14 July 2914

ACARA is pleased to support the University of Western Australia (UWA), which leads an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project aiming to offer new approaches in assessing students’ writing in NAPLAN and future sample assessments.

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ACARA opposes use of NAPLAN data on The Australian’s ‘Your school’ website

14 July 2014

ACARA does not support the publication of lists of schools that allow unfair comparisons to be made.

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Statement from Rob Randall, ACARA CEO: Budget 2014–15

10 July 2014

On 14 May 2014 the Australian Government's 2014–15 budget was handed down.

There was no change in the federal government’s core funding allocation for ACARA in 2014–15. The core funding was consistent with the work plan and budget submitted to the ministers in 2011.

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Aussie kids learning to be financially savvy

10 July 2014

A study released by the OECD as a part of its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has found that 79 per cent of Australian students agree it is important for them to learn money management at school.

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PRIMARY MATTERS for primary schools – July issue

10 July 2014

Read the July issue of PRIMARY MATTERS, a quarterly update from ACARA’s Primary Curriculum team.

You can also see earlier issues by visiting the newsletter page of this website.

Northern Territory: a hotspot for educational experiences

9 July 2014

The Northern Territory Minister for Tourism, Matt Conlan, has welcomed a plan that could see the Territory become a hot-spot for school groups.

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8 July 2014

This week (6–13 July) is NAIDOC Week. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, has announced that the national theme for this year is Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond, with the theme honouring all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country.

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