From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. This page is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
What is multicultural education?
Multicultural education is not a discrete learning area, or simply the provision of Languages and English as an Additional Language (EAL).
Multicultural education makes sure that all students have access to inclusive teaching and learning experiences. These experiences will allow students to successfully take part in a rapidly changing world where cross-cultural understanding and intercultural communication skills are essential.
In a school context, and with the support of school policies and programs, multicultural education helps students develop:
proficiency in English
competency in a language or languages other than English
in depth knowledge and awareness of their own and other cultures
an understanding of the multicultural nature of Australia’s past and present history
an understanding of, and skills to interact in, intercultural settings
an appreciation of the importance of local, national and international interdependence in social, environmental, economic and political arenas and an understanding that mutual support in these areas is vital to local and global harmony.
Schools should make sure multicultural perspectives are incorporated into all aspects of school life by:
promoting diversity as a positive learning experience
incorporating multicultural perspectives across all learning domains
incorporating multicultural, anti-racism, and human rights perspectives in school policies and practices
enhancing teachers’ and students’ intercultural understanding and cross-cultural communication skills
making sure all school policies, including three year strategic and annual plans, codes of conduct, dress codes and discipline policies reflect the diverse nature of the school community.
Civics, citizenship and multicultural education
Unity through Diversity is the Victorian Government’s vision for civics, citizenship and multicultural education.
The Victorian Government’s vision is for all Victorian learning and development settings to equip children and young people with the knowledge and skills to participate in and contribute to our diverse society as active and informed citizens - locally, nationally and internationally.
Citizenship and informed civic participation are the cornerstones of our successful, cohesive and prosperous multicultural, secular and multi-faith society. Civics, citizenship and multicultural education support children and young people to understand their roles, rights and responsibilities as citizens, and to know how to contribute actively to civic life and to interact harmoniously with the diverse cultures and faiths in their local, state, national and global communities.
Unity through Diversity is aligned with and complements the Victorian Government's Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship policy, Victoria's Advantage - Unity, Diversity, Opportunity, released on 3 March 2014.
For information about interpreting the legislation guiding civil and human rights and understanding the principles of cultural diversity supporting school and community life in Victoria, see:
Principles and policies consistent with this legislation should be reflected in each school’s governing documents and frameworks, including:
School Policy and Advisory Guide
The School Policy and Advisory Guide provides Victorian government schools with quick and easy access to governance and operational policies and advice. The Guide’s information comes from a range of legislative and regulatory requirements, primarily the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007.