Australian Curriculum: Mathematics

The Australian Curriculum sets the learning goals for students as they progress through school and provides the basis for each state or territory syllabus or implementation plan. Support materials provide additional information about the sequencing of content, expected achievement standards and indicators for monitoring the progress of students.

The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics Version 9.0 has been endorsed and released. The Maths Hub is expected to be updated by start of 2023 to reflect changes as a result of the release of the Australian Curriculum, Version 9.0.

Most states and territories follow the Australian Curriculum, with the exception of Victoria and New South Wales, who have developed their own versions of the mathematics curriculum, based on what is set out in the Australian Curriculum. Each state and territory will provide schools with guidance about implementation related to The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics Version 9.0.

Curriculum and syllabus


The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics

This site contains all of the curriculum documents for mathematics from Foundation to Year 10 (and 10A). It includes an outline of how the curriculum works: the key ideas, structure and aims.

Sequence of content

This handy table summarises the sequence of mathematics learning in the Australian Curriculum for F–10. Explore how the big ideas, such as fractions and decimals or geometric reasoning, progress across year levels with this clear mapping of concepts to content descriptions.

The Australian Curriculum includes three cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia, and Sustainability. These priorities are embedded into content across all of the learning areas, including mathematics, to enable developing student knowledge, understanding and skills in these areas.

Different cultures have their own way of thinking about, using and expressing mathematical ideas. Maths forms a part of the way Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples see the world, and is part of traditional languages and the expression around how mathematical concepts can be represented and compared to the world around them.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Inclusion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority enriches the curriculum and provides opportunities for students to learn about and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and knowledge. Elaborations throughout the mathematics curriculum describe rich contexts and ways to embed the priority in Years F–10.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Learn more about the conceptual framework for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures priority.

A set of organising ideas reflects the essential knowledge, understandings and skills for the priority. The organising ideas are embedded in the content descriptions and elaborations.

Refer to learning areas statements for Mathematics for ways to make connections between mathematics and organising ideas.

Episode 38: Making a Connection to Culture

Podcast episode featuring Professor Chris Matthews talking about the connection between mathematics and Aboriginal culture.

Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia

Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia

Investigations involving data collection, representation and analysis can be used to examine issues pertinent to the Asia region. In the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics, students can learn about the understandings and applications of mathematics in Asia and the way mathematicians from Asia continue to contribute to the ongoing development of mathematics. Students have opportunities to develop mathematical understanding in fields such as number, patterns, measurement, symmetry and statistics by drawing on knowledge of and examples from the Asia region. These could include calculation, money, art, architecture, design and travel. 

Sustainability

Sustainability

Mathematical understandings and skills are necessary to measure, monitor and quantify change in social, economic and ecological systems over time, and statistical analysis enables the prediction of probable futures based on findings and helps inform decision-making and actions that will lead to preferred futures. In the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics, students can develop the proficiencies of problem-solving and reasoning essential for the exploration of sustainability issues and their solutions. Students apply spatial reasoning, measurement, estimation, calculation and comparison to gauge local ecosystem health, and can cost proposed actions for sustainability. 

ACT Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum as implemented in the ACT.

Mathematics K–10 Syllabus (2012)

For Kindergarten to Year 10, educational programs are based on the outcomes of syllabuses. The content provides detail about how the outcomes can be interpreted and used, and the intended learning appropriate for each stage.

Continuum of key ideas: K–6 (NSW)

The continuum of key ideas is designed to provide teachers with an overview of the sequence of learning from Early Stage 1 through to Stage 5 in each of the sub-strands within the strands of the Mathematics K–10 Syllabus (2012).

Continuum of key ideas: 7–10 (NSW)

The continuum of key ideas is designed to provide teachers with an overview of the sequence of learning from Early Stage 1 through to Stage 5 in each of the sub-strands within the strands of the Mathematics K–10 Syllabus (2012).

NT Board of Studies

The Northern Territories Board of Studies curriculum and assessment guidelines and policies.

Queensland Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics as implemented in Queensland.

South Australian curriculum

The Australian Curriculum as implemented in South Australia.

Tasmanian curriculum

The Australian Curriculum as implemented in Tasmania.

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out a single, coherent and comprehensive set of content descriptions and associated achievement standards to enable teachers to plan, monitor, assess and report on the learning achievement of every student.

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates and reflects much of the Australian Curriculum F–10, but differs in some important aspects, most notably the representation of the curriculum as a continuum of learning and structural design.

Scope and sequence

The curriculum sets out what students are expected to learn and is designed as a continuum of learning. The curriculum is being presented in a scope and sequence chart to support teachers to easily see the progression, and assist in planning teaching and learning programs to meet the diverse needs of students.

Western Australian curriculum

The Australian Curriculum as implemented in Western Australia.