AGTA 2017 Conference

The AGTA 2017 conference was held from 9-12 January 2017 at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne.

>> Conference presentations: Support materials from keynote speakers, workshop presenters and field trip leaders are available for download.

Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia

GeographiaThe February 2017 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include

  • Australian Geography Competition to 2016 International Geography Olympiad, Beijing, China
  • AAAE Update
  • Geography and Careers Options
  • Around the Affiliates

Geographical Education

The latest issue of Geographical Education Geographical Education Volume 29, 2016 includes

  • Chair of Director’s Annual Report from Dr Grant Kleeman
  • Field ‘Work’ Vs ‘Feel’ Trip: Approaches to Out-of-Class Experiences in Geography Education by Dr Lou Preston
  • Landscapes Both Invite and Defy Definition by Nick Hutchinson
  • Investigating The Extent to Which Student-Led Inquiry is Supported By Fieldwork Booklet Design by Aaron Bermingham
  • A Case Study of Progressing Geography Fieldwork Skills Over Years 7–10 by Julian Woolhouse
  • Book reviews


Geography Skills UnlockedAGTA's New Geography Resource

Geography Skills Unlocked is an exciting new skills book for Australian secondary schools.

Key features:

  • Contents aligned to the inquiry and skills-based requirements of Australian Curriculum: Geography
  • An engaging, easy to navigate design
  • A student friendly approach with step-by-step explanations, descriptions and worked examples
  • A focus on emerging technologies used to gather, analyse and present geographical data
  • GeoSkills and GeoInquiry activities that scaffold student learning
  • A wealth of stimulus material including a diverse range of maps, graphs, aerial photographs, satellite images, diagrams and photographs
  • Examples drawn from each Australian state and territory with additional international material
  • Key terms explained in embedded glossary boxes

Geography Skills Unlocked is published by the Australian Geography Teachers Association and written by a team of experienced Geography teachers.

>> Download brochure and order form
>> Download Answers to Geography Skills Unlocked Questions (81.2MB PDF)

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVD

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVDAn outstanding collection of teaching resources including spatial technologies/GIS units. The DVD contains:

  • articles and resources on 21st century Geography
  • GIS skills development, GIS in Physical Geography and Historical GIS books – course processes and activities with geographical data
  • 21st Century Internet sites
  • technology in the geography classroom articles, internet sites and resources
  • inquiry project design and work samples.

>> Brochure
>> Purchase

The 2015 AGTA RoadshowThe 2015 AGTA Roadshow

Interpreting and implementing the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography / New NSW K–10 Geography Syllabus for ACT and NSW teachers professional learning days were held during November 2015. The speakers' presentations can be accessed below.


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Being a Citizen CD

Being a CitizenA new innovative product to help teachers provide opportunities for students to explore the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship.

Content of the 'Being a citizen' resource:

  • Links to civics and citizenship teaching materials.
  • Political mapping classroom activities.
  • Social Issues worksheets and processes.
  • GIS and political mapping activities
  • Links to curriculum documents and teaching materials on civics and citizenship.
  • Professional reading links on civics and citizenship education.

>> Brochure

Australian orders: $99.00 postage & GST inc.

>> Purchase using Visa/MasterCard or PayPal

>> Purchase using Australian school order

Thinking Geographically DVD

Thinking Geographically DVDUpdated 2015 edition

Contents of the 2015 edition of the Thinking Geographically resource include:

  • Geographical thinking resources, exercises and articles
  • Over 150 Thinkpieces on geography (articles and resources on geographical education in schools)
  • Curriculum planning and assessment processes and templates
  • 100's of direct links to Internet sites to support geographical thinking and the teaching of geography
  • Links to Australian Curriculum: Geography trial projects
  • Presentations to support professional learning on the Australian Curriculum: Geography.

>> Brochure

Australian orders: $99.00 postage & GST inc.

>> Purchase using Visa/MasterCard or PayPal

>> Purchase using Australian school order

Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)News from the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)

Members of ATGA will find much of interest in the latest IAG Newsletter including reports from the IAG conference held in Melbourne, news from the universities and the field as well as recent publications by IAG members.

New resource for Urban Geography

BarangarooA new, internet-based, resource for Geography has been launched by Lend Lease (developers of Barangaroo South – part of Australia's largest urban renewal project). The attached flyer highlights the site's features.  The highly interactive material has been developed specifically for the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Geography (and the existing NSW Geography Syllabus – Stages 4-6). 

Concepts addressed include urban decline and renewal, urban consolidation, the dynamics of technological, economic and social and demographic change, and environmental and social sustainability. The site includes links to activity sheets, virtual fieldwork activities and teacher support materials. 

You can access the site at: Once you login (as a teacher) you can access the teacher support materials. The worksheets can be accessed from the site itself. Further information is available from

>> Download flyer with an outline of the site's features

>> View two videos providing an overview and explanation of the Discover Barangaroo learning portal

CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s Toolkit

CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s ToolkitCARE Australia has developed a website which provides teachers with resources on a range of issues related to poverty and inequality. Topics include global poverty, education, health, women's empowerment, water and hygiene, food and nutrition, climate change and responding to emergencies.

Each topic includes teaching tools such as fast facts, videos, and stories designed to spark curiosity and enhance classroom discussion.

>> View CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s Toolkit website

GeogSpace website

The GeogSpace website developed by AGTA and Education Services Australia (ESA) is now live. AGTA thanks all members of the writing and development teams for their outstanding contributions to this resource which will support the teaching of the Australian Curriculum: Geography. AGTA will be running special professional learning programs to support teachers in their use of this wonderful new resource. Further information about these programs can be obtained from AGTA Chair Malcolm McInerney.

>> Download GeogSpace flyer

Mapping out the world

"We need to give young people the opportunity to form images of the world, of the interactions between people and places that are accurate, realistic and empowering. The next generation will make their own world. We need to give them the power to do it well. Having a substantial and really engaging geography experience as part of schooling is absolutely essential if this is going to happen."

>> Read the article in the Sydney Morning Hearld based on a media release from AGTA Patron, Tim Costello

Putting together the national jigsaw for geography

AGTA has been actively involved in the development of

  • the Australian Curriculum: Geography through the work of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
  • GeogSpace online resources with Education Services Australia (ESA) to support the implementation of the new geography curriculum.
National geography jigsaw

AGTA considers that both of these developments are critical for the future growth of geography in our schools and certainly warrants the energy and financial commitment AGTA has made to the process. The curriculum has reached the final stages of writing, consultation and validation and is due for release in 2013. Whilst this work has created an increased workload and investment from AGTA and its officers we continue to put together the 'National Geography Jigsaw' to promote geographical education in Australia.

The world of geography in Australian schools continues to be a dynamic and exciting one for teachers and students. AGTA's capacity to deliver continues to be tested by the challenges of promoting the 'brand' of geography in the new National Education Agenda and putting together the jigsaw for the implementation of a National Curriculum for Geography. AGTA continues to meet these challenges with confidence and continues to be seen by others in the education community as an association of high standards and professionalism. Such a reputation is only possible through the support and hard work of all Directors on the AGTA Board and teacher members of affiliates.

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