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Policies & Curriculum

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Education in Australia Schools

All students in Australian schools deserve the right to languages education for life in our plurilingual and multicultural community in Australia and beyond.

Governments in each state and territory in Australia are responsible for curriculum in schools. A national approach to curriculum has been agreed to by all Ministers for Education resulting in ACARA developing the National Curriculum. The implementation of the Australian Curriculum remains the responsibility of the states and territories.



Victorian Department of Education and Training

The most recent Victorian policy on languages is contained in the Vision for Languages Education. This was produced by the Liberal government. The current Labor government suggested prior to their election that they would support the vision. The following links are still promoted by the current Labor government. (16 September, 2015)

Download the PDF documents:

Victorian government schools are required to provide a Languages program to comply with the requirements for registration as a school



The term 'Languages' has replaced 'LOTE' ,and 'Foundation' has replaced 'Prep' to align with the Australian and new Victorian Curriculum. 'General Capabilities' are known as 'Capabilities' and are less in number in the new Victorian Curriculum

A pathway in the Victorian Curriculum Languages refers to whether the student is a first, second or background language learner.  For German, the Australian and Victorian curriculum is designed for second language learners.

  • Second language learners - These students are introduced to learning German at school as an additional, new language. The first language used before they start school and/or the language they use at home is not German.
  • First language learners - These students are users of the language who have undertaken at least primary schooling in the language. They have had their primary socialisation as well as initial literacy development in the language and use it at home.
  • Background language learners - These students may use the language at home, not necessarily exclusively, and have varying degrees of knowledge of and proficiency in the language. These students have a base for literacy development in the language.



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture has existed in this land for around 50,000 years. The uniqueness of these cultures and the wisdom and knowledge embedded in them, are things to be highly valued by all Australians. To this end, these protocols seek a way to protect the integrity of these cultural expressions and a way in which all Australians can engage respectfully and feel connected to this identity.

Protocols and principles for working with Victorinan Koorie communities:


Australian Curriculum for Languages: German

The curriculum for German is now on the Australian Curriculum website and has been endorsed by ACARA. Independent schools determine their own curriciulum and choose if they follow the Australian or Victorian Curriculum.



Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

VCAA set the curriculum for Victorian Government education from 0-18.

VCAA Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum

VCAA is responsible for setting the curriculum (the 'what' - not the 'how') to be taught in government schools. It is usual for Catholic schools to follow government school curriculum. Independent schools make an independent decision. VCAA incorporate the Australian Curriculum into their documentation as endorsed by the Board of VCAA.

VCAA Senior Curriculum

        NB: The VCE Study Design for German is accredited until 2016.

Other Senior Curriculum related to Languages


Victorian Department of Education and Training

The current Victorian policy on languages is contained in the Vision for Languages Education. The Victorian government values the diverse range of languages learnt and spoken in schools.

Download the PDF document and see further initiatives:

The DET Languages Homepage has important information for all teachers of languages.

Specific areas from the Languages Homepage:

Other DET websites:



Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

Older documents from 2009 that are still useful in thinking about literacy and numeracy across the curriculum.


Australian Policies

The Melbourne Declaration was agreed to in 2008 by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) on goals for the next 10 years.


Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority



Other Australian States and Territories Curriculum Boards

  • AusDaF - Visit the NATG website and click on each state or territory to find links


European Policy and Curriculum

* A portfolio is a document in which language learners can record their language learning and cultural experiences. All levels of language ability are valued.

UK Curriculum

New Zealand


Organisation for Cooperation and Development (OECD)





VCAA - Archived VELS




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