The cross-curriculum priorities make up one of the three dimensions of the Australian Curriculum. They support the Australian Curriculum to be a relevant, contemporary and engaging curriculum that reflects, regional, national and global contexts.

There are three cross-curriculum priorities in the F–10 Australian Curriculum:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability.

Cross-curriculum priorities are incorporated through learning area content; they are not separate learning areas or subjects. They provide opportunities to enrich the content of the learning areas, where most appropriate and authentic to do so, allowing students to engage with and better understand their world.

The Review improved the organising ideas for the cross-curriculum priorities with reference to current research. The Australian Curriculum has also been decluttered by improving the relationship of the cross-curriculum priorities to the content of the learning areas, so teachers can focus on teaching essential content.

Overview of the key proposed revisions

  • Cross-curriculum priorities have been explicitly and purposefully included in the revisions to content descriptions and elaborations in all learning areas.
  • Some learning areas explicitly develop student understanding of one or more of the organising ideas from each cross-curriculum priority through their content descriptions. For example:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures in History and The Arts
    • Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia in the Humanities and Social Sciences and Languages
    • Sustainability in Geography, Science and Technologies.
  • Content elaborations have been revised in all learning areas to ensure they only include authentic illustrations of how the cross-curriculum priorities can support the teaching and learning of the learning area content.

Australian Curriculum Review – the process

The review of each cross-curriculum priority involved a review of current research, mapping and analysis of the current curriculum, and collaboration with key experts and organisations. Evidence and information gathered in this process was used to refine and propose revisions to the organising ideas for each priority for consultation and feedback through ACARA’s reference groups and advisory groups.

In particular, ACARA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Advisory Group led the review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures priority. We collaborated closely with the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) to draft revisions to the priority on Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia. We worked with groups such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Association for Environmental Education and the Australian Science Teachers’ Association on revisions to the Sustainability priority.

Download the cross-curriculum priorities consultation documents

The following documents contain introductory information and the revised organising ideas for each priority. They also provide the current organising ideas so you can easily compare to the proposed revisions.

You can access the primary level scope and sequence charts that combine all the learning areas and are presented by year level