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Australian Curriculum General Capabilities


The implementation of the Australian Curriculum provides an opportunity to deliver on the outcomes for schooling expressed in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008). Using the resources and activities below, principals and curriculum leaders are able to embrace uncertain, complex and diverse contexts and work with others to seek creative and innovative solutions that support quality outcomes for all.

Undertaking this activity, staff will have a greater awareness of the General Capabilities and the Cross Curriculum priorities. They will understand how they are embedded or integrated into all subject areas within the curriculum.



  1. Go to the Prezi website prezi.comExternal Link to show the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities presentation
    prezi.com/rxmekfei_c25/australian-curriculum-general-capabilitiesExternal Link
  2. Select the full screen icon on the lower right hand side of the presentation window.
  3. Go through the presentation referring to the General Capabilities presentation notes (PDF, 713KB)
  4. Go to Bubbl.us https://bubbl.us/External Link and using the Creating and using bubbl.us guide reflect on the following questions.
    a.    Does our curriculum design develop these organising ideas with our learners?
    b.    If not, how can it?
  5. Distribute the General Capabilities bingo (PDF, 133KB) sheets. Ask participants to consider the activity currently being undertaken. What capabilities are participants able to mark off? For example, consider literacy, critical and creative thinking etc.
  6. Ask participants to view the following videos and reflect on what they want their school's graduate student outcomes to be.
    a.    21st century education www.youtube.com/watch?v=O35n_tvOK74External Link
    b.    Rethinking learning: the 21st century learner (MacArthur Foundation) www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0xa98cy-RwExternal Link
  7. Create a Tagxedo www.tagxedo.comExternal Link to develop a shared vision of key words for the school's graduate outcomes. A guide to Creating and using Tagxedo is included in the resources.
    a.    Try this sentence starter. 'When students complete their journey at [insert school's name here] they will be... ' (Note: Consider the knowledge, skills, capabilities etc.)


This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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