In the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, students strengthen their sense of self, and learn to build and manage satisfying, respectful relationships. They develop resilience and empathy as active participants in their own and others’ wellbeing. Integral to Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills and strategies that enable students to participate confidently and competently in a range of physical activities.

The proposed revisions aim to update content and ensure coverage of what is essential for students to learn now. Since the Health and Physical Education curriculum was first published in 2014 there has been a considerable focus on the role of schools in addressing issues including consent education, diet quality and physical activity participation levels. The revisions proposed have addressed these issues and strengthened the content and guidance for teachers about how to deliver learning about these areas of the curriculum. The refinements have been informed by key experts, who have provided support to translate the evidence base into curriculum content.

Please see Australian Curriculum – HPE, What has changed and Why for more detail on the proposed revisions.

Australian Curriculum Review – the process

In preparing for the Review, ACARA:

  • considered the latest research and international developments; and
  • consulted with practising teachers, curriculum experts, key academics and professional associations.

We formed the Health and Physical Education Curriculum Reference Group and Teacher Reference Group to provide advice and feedback, with members nominated by state and territory education authorities and non-government sectors.

We also wanted a specific focus on primary schools, so we created the Primary (F–6) Curriculum Reference Group and Teacher Reference Group. These groups helped give advice and feedback on how we could improve the curriculum for our youngest students.

From this research, teacher feedback and our work with the reference groups, we identified some key areas where the Health and Physical Education curriculum could be improved.

Download the Health and Physical Education Consultation Curriculum

The proposed Australian Curriculum is available in three formats:

  • all elements
    • introductory information - includes the rationale, aims, organisation of the learning area, key connections and key considerations
    • curriculum content for all levels - includes year/band level descriptions, achievement standards, content descriptions and elaborations
  • scope and sequence - with achievement standards and content descriptions only
  • comparative information - showing the current and proposed revisions to content descriptions and achievement standards only.


All elements

Scope and Sequence

Comparative information

Health and Physical Education F-10

All elements consultation curriculum

Scope and sequence consultation

Scope and sequence consultation

 Comparative information

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