In early 2008, the federal government announced the formation of the National Curriculum Board, later to become the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), to develop and implement a nationally consistent curriculum. The first phase of work was to develop curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12 in English, mathematics, science and history.
The draft curriculum for these Phase 1 learning areas for Prep(K)-10 was released for consultation by ACARA on 1 March 2010. Draft Years 11 and 12 Australian Curriculum for Phase 1 was also released for consultation in mid-May 2010.
Following consultation, the English, mathematics, science and history curriculum will be finalised later this year. 18 state and non-state schools across Queensland trialled the draft Prep(K)-10 curriculum during Terms 1 and 2.
In 2009-10, DET:
Future support to schools to implement Phase 1 learning areas of the Australian Curriculum by the end of 2013 will include:
Phase 2 of the Australian Curriculum will develop geography, languages and the arts for Prep(K)-12.