Australian Curriculum Phases 2 and 3 review and implementation timeline

Graeme Quelch (08) 9273 6758

The State Government has provided the Authority with $6.9 million to work with teachers and schools to adapt the Australian Curriculum Phase 2 and 3 subjects to suit Western Australian needs.

In a letter provided to school principals this week, Mr Collier stated:
“Western Australia will adopt and adapt the Australian Curriculum K-12 to suit the needs of our students and our schools. Western Australia has always been resolute in its position that we have the flexibility to determine the final syllabus on a year by year basis. Our position on that issue has not changed.

“The funding provided to the Authority at Mid-Year Review will be used for further refinement and adjustment of the curriculum content and the development of resources and materials, including standards of achievement, to fully support  all primary and secondary teachers. This work will commence during 2014 in consultation with teachers.”

“The value of bringing teachers together to develop a range of assessments, illustrate their use and effectiveness in the classroom, and, using the work their students produce to exemplify the standards, cannot be underestimated.”

The implementation timeline for Phases 2 and 3:

2014tailoring the content to suit Western Australian schools, including identification of core and additional content
2015development of Judging Standards to assist teachers to assess and grade student work
2016curriculum available to schools for familiarisation
2017full implementation, including teaching, assessing and reporting by schools with first reporting to parents by the end of Semester 1, 2017.

School leaders and teachers can view the letter at

Register for the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline (K–10) briefings

Caroline Walker (08) 9273 6375

Principals and deputy principals are reminded they can register for briefings on the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline. The briefings will be presented across the State by Authority CEO Allan Blagaich in February and March.

Register now at

Draft Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines — online survey closes 14 February

Graeme Quelch (08) 9273 6758

Teachers are reminded an online survey on the draft Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines, which are embedded within the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline, is available online at

The survey closes on Friday, 14 February 2014.

After consideration by the Board, the revised Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines will be published on the Authority website early in Term 2, 2014.

Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment information in schools – Year 10 2014

Ben Businovski (08) 9273 6378

The Authority has provided principals with information regarding the conduct of the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) from 10–21 March 2014.

The set of documents contains:

Core procedural guidelines

  • OLNA Information for principals and coordinators
  • OLNA Disability adjustments – Information for principals and coordinators
  • OLNA Information for assessment supervisors
  • OLNA Information for students

Support materials

  • OLNA Support materials for teachers
  • OLNA Website user guide
  • OLNA Student list and password management guide

Administrative form attachments

  • OLNA Declaration form
  • OLNA Disability adjustments request form
  • OLNA School schedule form

The OLNA Information for principals and coordinators document provides principals with guidance for leading and delegating preparations. A checklist is provided at the end of the document detailing when actions need to be completed, the first of which is to be no later than 3 February 2014.

Once logged into the extranet, teachers and school leaders will find the core procedural guidelines and the OLNA Support materials for teachers under Senior Secondary < Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment.

Teachers and school leaders can register for the extranet at
If you require further information or advice, please email for assistance.
Frequently asked questions will be available in the near future on the Authority website at