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Policies & Curriculum

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Education in Victorian 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. In recent years, moves towards a national approach to curriculum has been agreed to by all Ministers for Education and development of an Australian Curriculum: Languages has begun. The implementation of the Australian Curriculum will remain the responsibility of the states and territories.

The term 'Languages' is now used where the term 'LOTE' was used.



Validated curriculum for public viewing: German  - published on ACARA website on the 15th October 2014

NB - The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) will determine the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. No decision has been made with regard to Languages.

Further links to ACARA can be found below.

Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

The current Victorian policy on languages is contained in the Vision for Languages Education.

Download the PDF document and see further initiatives:

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

Specific areas from the Languages Homepage:

Other DEECD websites:



Foundation to Year 10

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)

VCAA - Archived VELS

VCAA and VCE: Victorian Certificate of Education

The VCE Study Design for German is accredited until 2015.

Other 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.

The federal government is developing a national curriculum with the support of MCEEDYA. The body responsible for this is the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Sign up for e-newsletters on the ACARA homepage to stay up to date with national developments.

The Australia in the Asian Century White Paper threatens to undermine the diversity of language programs offered in Victoria.

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)



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