From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information 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
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.
Victorian. And Proud of it. is Victoria's new Multicultural Policy Statement. This new policy statement sets out the Victorian Government's way forward with a range of policies, programs and services that encourage every one of us to participate in a stronger, safer and more harmonious community.
For more information see: Victorian. And proud of it.
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.
For more information see
School Policy and Advisory Guide
Multicultural education information for teachers and support staff – provides links to professional learning, learning and teaching resources, and events and programs for civics, citizenship and multicultural education
Civics and citizenship domain – provides links to learning and teaching support materials, sample tasks, professional learning and research.
Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework – describes practice principles to guide early childhood professionals to work together, with children and with families to achieve the best outcomes for every child