About literacy in Victoria

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

The Victorian Government has committed to making Victoria the Education State. ​

This is about improving outcomes for every student, in every classroom, in every community. Achieving this vision will require a focus on literacy as a core lifelong skill that empowers Victorians to shape and reshape their lives. Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen. It is widely understood as the foundation to learning and development.    

We know that reading in particular plays a critical role in literacy development and future educational success, which is why we have set ambitious targets to have more students reaching the highest levels of achievement in reading. 

Education State Target: By 2020 for Year 5 and 2025 for Year 9, 25 per cent more students will be reaching the highest levels of achievement in reading.

Excellence in reading is measured using the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

For younger children, literacy is embedded across several outcomes in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. This supports all early childhood professionals to work with families to advance children’s learning, from birth to eight years. 

For Victorian schools, literacy is a fundamental part of the Victorian Curriculum F-10 – across all learning areas, and through skills such as problem solving, logical thinking and creativity.