The Australian Curriculum sets out what all young Australians are to be taught, and the expected quality of that learning as they progress through schooling.
At the same time, it provides flexibility for teachers and schools to build on student learning and interest.
In 2008, the Australian education ministers agreed that a national curriculum would play a key role in delivering quality education and committed to the development of a Foundation to Year 12 national curriculum.
The Australian Curriculum is being developed initially in the areas of English, mathematics, science and history, followed by geography, the arts and languages.
The remaining learning areas focus on economics and business, civics and citizenship, health and physical education, design and the technologies.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for the development of the Australian Curriculum from Foundation to Year 12.
ACARA is represented on the MATSITI Working Party.