Curriculum resources

Australian Curriculum: Geography

The Rationale in the draft curriculum describes Geography as a way of exploring, analysing and explaining the characteristics of the places that make up our world. The draft F-12 Australian Curriculum: Geography was released for online national consultation from 19 October 2011 to 29 February 2012 and currently the curriculum is undergoing a revision process. Validation of the achievement standards and revised curriculum occurred during August 2012. It is anticipated that publication of the final F-12 Australian Curriculum: Geography will occur during 2013. Further details are available here.

Towards a national geography curriculum for Australia Position Paper

The 'Towards a national geography curriculum for Australia' project was an initiative of the

  • Australian Geography Teachers' Association (AGTA)
  • Royal Geographical Society of Queensland (RGSQ)
  • Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)

Project team members Rob Berry and Roger Smith undertook extensive consultation with geography teachers in all States and Territories prior to writing a draft report. After a review by the project's Steering Committee the final Position Paper was published. It was generaslly acknowledged that the process and preparation of the Position Paper made a positive contribution to the work that followed in the writing of the Australian Curriculum: Geography.

>> Download the Steering Committee's Towards a National Geography Curriculum for Australia Position Paper (620 KB PDF)

Australians need Geography

Australians Need GeographyGeography is vital to the education of every young Australian in the 21st century. It is the study of places – their environments, populations, economies and communities – and how and why these places are changing. Geography gives students a holistic view of the world, combining the natural and social sciences.

Students of Geography gain the understanding, knowledge and skills to make sense of complex issues such as climate change, drought, ageing populations, urban growth, ethnic conflicts and globalisation.

Including Geography in the core curriculum to Year 10, and teaching it as a distinct subject in secondary school, is the best way to give students the framework to understand the world around them. Download Australains Need Geography (2.17 MB PDF).

Geography – It's essential

Geography — It's essentialA clear and user-friendly guide setting out the place of Geography in the curiculum. The booklet aims to

  • increase awareness and understanding of the characteristics and value of Geography
  • support both primary and secondary educators in clarifying the essential components of teaching Geography
  • draw together all the current resources that have been written about Geography methodology and skill development, providing links to these.

Topics covered include:

  • What is geography?
  • How does geography contribute to student learning in Victoria?
  • How do geographers inquire?
  • Where does Geography fit in the curriculum?
  • Where could Geography lead?

The full document published by the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria is available here. Links within the document are hyperlinked to supporting documents.

Geography's place in the curriculum

A Study into the Teaching of Geography in Years 3-10: Maps state and territory syllabus and curriculum documents and draws on interviews with representatives from key organisations. Further details here. A copy of the report can be obtained here.

  • Supporting Geography in Our Schools: Media Release from The Hon Julia Gillard MP 7 April, 2008. Further details.
  • Gillard puts geography on the map: News article published in the Age newspaper on 8 April 2008. Further details.
  • "Australia needs a geographic revolution" argues Brad Ruting from the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney. Read the article.

True Blue Geography

True Blue Geography’, is an Op-Ed article from Bill Pritchard and Nick Hutchinson.

History and geography are the warp and woof of the social sciences. Our personal, community, national and global lives are the outcome of interconnections between time and space. To understand why and who we are, we need to understand both where we have come from (our history) and what places we're in (our geography).

Read the article.