The Australian Curriculum: Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects:

                          • Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities.
                          • Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions.

With the rapid pace of technological change, there was a need to update the Australian Curriculum: Technologies to ensure students develop contemporary knowledge, understanding and skills. In the proposed revisions, outdated and non-essential content has been removed and new content added to give teachers clarity and guidance about what they are expected to teach.

Please see Australian Curriculum – Technologies, 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 Technologies 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 Technologies Curriculum could be improved.

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