Australian Curriculum Phases 2 and 3 update

Graeme Quelch (08) 9273 6758

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority has written to all principals of Western Australian schools with K–10 enrolments advising them of progress on development and implementation of Phases 2 and 3 of the P–10 Australian Curriculum.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has advised that it will release the curriculum for the remaining Pre-primary to Year 10 (P–10) Phase 2 and 3 subjects in Health and Physical Education, Civics and Citizenship, Technologies, Economics and Business and the Arts on its website on 18 February 2014.

ACARA will describe the status of these documents as: ‘Available for use, awaiting final endorsement’.

Final curriculum content for Western Australia will then have to be considered and determined by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) with full implementation in 2017.

The State Government has provided funding to the Authority to adapt the P–10 Australian Curriculum to suit the specific needs of Western Australian students.  A letter to all schools from the Hon Peter Collier MLC, Minister for Education, on 28 January 2014, outlined the process and timelines for the development and implementation of Phases 2 and 3 of the P–10 Australian Curriculum for Western Australian schools.  The Minister’s letter can be accessed via our website at:'s letter to schools January 2014 .

Phase 1 of the P–10 Australian Curriculum, which includes English, mathematics, science and history, are currently being taught by most schools and will be fully implemented in Western Australia in 2015.

All teaching staff in K–10 schools are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest news and information via theWestern Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline website.

NAPLAN 2014 Information

NAPLAN 2014 (08) 9442 9487 or (08) 9442 4461

All of the following information is also availablenowon the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website.

NAPLAN pre-test materials
Materials listed below are scheduled to arrive in schools between 10–20 February.

  • 2014 NAPLAN Handbook for Principals: policy andadministrative procedures
  • Information for teachers brochure: for distribution to Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 teachers
  • Information for parentsbrochure: for distribution to Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 parents
  • Student Registration and Participation website username and password.

If you have not received these materials by 20 February please send an email to or telephone K–10 Testing on (08) 9442 9487 or (08) 9442 4461.

Alternative test formats: Braille, large print, black and white, and electronic
Schools should register requests for test materials in alternative formats by Friday, 21 February. Please adhere to the closing date because these materials are produced in NSW and take some time to prepare.

The Alternative Test Formats request forms are available from the Authority website.

NAPLAN Writing marking
Applications for appointment as a NAPLAN Writing marker must be submitted to the Authority online by Friday, 21 March.