Languages policy and legislative requirements

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

All Victorian schools are required by legislation and as a condition of their registration with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority to provide instruction in all learning areas, including languages.

National policy on languages education

The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, released on 5 December 2008, identifies languages - especially Asian languages - as a key learning area. The Declaration guides curriculum policy and programs operating in Australian schools.

Annual school supplementary census – languages section

In August every year each government school completes a section of the school supplementary census about its languages program.

The data is compiled and published in the annual Languages reports.

Each school provides information about:

  • the language or languages it offers
  • the type of program that is taught
  • staffing for the program (including teacher qualifications)
  • how many minutes per week students spend learning languages

Useful links and references