The Australian Curriculum, The Arts comprises five subjects. The distinctive languages, knowledges, skills, techniques and processes of each arts subject in the Australian Curriculum is valued equally its own right. Through making and responding to arts works, students develop creativity and critical thinking, and through engaging with the worlds of artists, arts works, audiences and arts professions, they gain a deeper understanding of local, regional and global cultures. 

The Review identified a need to declutter the content of The Arts curriculum by improving the clarity of its structure and refining the content descriptions and achievement standards.


Please see Australian Curriculum – The Arts, 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 Arts 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 Arts Curriculum could be improved.

Download The Arts 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