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Curriculum support for NSW Public Schools

Australian Curriculum: The Arts in NSW


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Current status

The Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10 has been published by ACARA. You can view the curriculum here.

Please note the tagline on ACARA's website "Available for use; awaiting final endorsement" and the further explanation: "Endorsed in July 2013, subject to further consultation with Western Australia".

In 2014, teachers of Creative Arts K-6 and Creative Arts subjects in Years 7-10 will continue to implement current approved NSW Syllabuses.

Teachers in NSW are reminded to refer to the following memorandums to Principals released by the Board of Studies NSW.


BOS Memorandum to Principals - 24 July 2013

The Board of Studies NSW released a memorandum to Principals - Update on NSW syllabuses incorporating the Australian curriculum (24 July 2013), advising for Creative Arts (and other K-10 learning areas not included in Phase 1), that:

"Any decisions about adopting the Australian curriculum, developing syllabuses, and planning subsequent implementation will be made only after thorough consultation with NSW stakeholders."


New South Wales syllabuses

In relation to new syllabus development for Creative Arts subjects in New South Wales, the Joint memorandum to Principals Update on the Implementation of Australian Curriculum in NSW (31 July 2012) advised that:

"The Board will follow its regular cycle of curriculum evaluation and review which will identify priorities for curriculum renewal. When a current syllabus or learning area is identified for renewal the Board will take the opportunity to incorporate Australian curriculum content."




Draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10

Revised Draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10

The revised draft was released for public viewing by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) on 25 February 2013. The intention of the public viewing of the revised draft was to give teachers an indication of the arts curriculum as it neared completion.


Draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10

The draft curriculum was released by ACARA on 10 July 2012 and national consultation concluded on 23 September 2012.

You can read more about ACARA's consultation processes and timelines here.




NSW Consultation Report - Draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10

Read the Executive Summary of the NSW Consultation Report, including a summary of Key matters and Recommendations to ACARA on the Board of Studies NSW website.

You can also download the entire Consultation Report.



Draft Shape Paper - NSW response

The Department conducted a comprehensive consultation for the Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts - the paper that has informed the development of the arts curriculum.

You can read the NSW response to the Draft Shape Paper, published on the Board of Studies NSW website here.

You can also read ACARA's Consultation Feedback Report on the draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: the Arts on ACARA's website here.


Background reading

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is charged with the development of the Australian Curriculum. The Australian curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history (Phase 1 subjects) have been published.

The Board of Studies NSW has developed new K-10 syllabuses for Phase 1 subjects. Keep informed about the Australian Curriculum in NSW by visiting the Australian Curriculum section of the Board of Studies NSW website here.


The Melbourne declaration on educational goals for young Australians, developed by MCEETYA in collaboration with school systems sets the direction for Australian schooling for the next 10 years.


The National statement for education and the arts is a positive and proactive document developed by Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) the Cultural Minister’s Council (CMC).


The National review of school music education and the National review of visual education are two national reviews which inform federal government policy and funding initiatives. These reviews provide a national view that does not necessarily reflect the New South Wales context.



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