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June 2020

Review of the Australian Curriculum

Earlier this month, education ministers agreed to the terms of reference for a review of the Foundation – Year 10 (F–10) Australian Curriculum, with the review to be completed by the start of 2022. 

Visit the 'Review of the Australian Curriculum' page of this website.

Read ACARA's media release (PDF 168 kb).

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Ten years on: ACARA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group

This year we are honouring and celebrating the tenth anniversary of the establishment of ACARA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group. Over those 10 years, the advisory group has provided invaluable guidance and support to ACARA and the ACARA Board.

The group was convened to provide ACARA’s executive with high-level advice and expertise regarding the needs of all young Australians and, specifically, the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in relation to ACARA’s national curriculum, assessment and reporting programs.

Now, a decade on, and five of the original members of the group continue to be a part of the advisory group. Doctor Kaye Price, Professor Mark Rose, Professor Peter Buckskin, Will Davis and Myra Singh were original members of the group and continue to represent the high-level views of their communities on matters discussed. ACARA thanks them and the other current group members – Isabelle Adams, Geraldine Atkinson, Gail Barrow, Cindy Berwick, Jesse King, Chris Matthews and Theresa Sainty – for their ongoing support.

The advisory group members have been integral to important advances ACARA has made and continues to make, particularly in the areas of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority, our Reconciliation Action Plan and more recently, the Science elaborations.

National Assessment Program: ministerial decisions

On 12 June 2020, education ministers met and agreed the following:

Full transition to NAPLAN Online deferred from 2021 to 2022

  • Given the cancellation of NAPLAN 2020 and the impacts on schooling due to COVID-19, education ministers have decided the timeline for full transition to NAPLAN Online will be deferred from 2021 to 2022. 

National Assessment Program sample assessments in ICT literacy postponed until 2021 

  • Ministers decided that this year’s scheduled National Assessment Program – Information and Communications Technology Literacy (NAP–ICTL) sample assessment would be postponed by 12 months to 2021, to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, as they respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The NAP sample assessment cycle will continue from 2021, resulting in a one-off four-year gap (as opposed to the normal three-year gap) in the time series for each of the sample assessments. Read more about the NAP sample assessment program on the NAP website.

See the Education Council communique.



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