This section provides a range of online resources for teachers. These resources have been divided into the following sections:
Use of learning and teaching resources
Government resources, and externally developed resources that reflect government policy, can be used to provide a comprehensive sexuality education program.
For more information about external providers that provide teaching resources in their training programs, such as Family Planning Victoria and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, see: Professional Learning.
- Sexuality Education Curriculum Audit Tool − The Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority provides a Sexuality Education Curriculum Audit Tool designed to assist schools to evaluate their curriculum against the AusVELS.
- US Guidelines for comprehensive sexuality education (PDF - 723Kb) − An example of leading material in what constitutes age-appropriate sexuality education is available from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).
- Ansell Sex-Ed. This website from La Trobe University's Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), is moderated by an experienced teacher in sexuality education; it gathers a wide range of resources, including classroom activities and ‘all things sex ed’.
- Catching On Early - Teaching and Learning Activities for primary schools − This is an evidence-based resource founded on the latest research into sexuality education and child sexual development. It was recently updated in 2013 to reflect the AusVELS curriculum. Its development-based program is designed to help schools teach the sexuality education components in the Health and Physical Education and Interpersonal Development domains. This resource provides a comprehensive sexuality education program for students from prep through to year 6. The collaborative support of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, has been critical in the development of this resource.
Catching on Later - Teaching and Learning Activities for secondary schools
- This new classroom resource was released in 2013 and includes a set of sequential learning activities for students in Years 7-10. An addition to Catching on Early
for primary school students and the 2004 Catching on For Years 9 and 10,
this resource includes a set of evidence-based learning activities around key topics for adolescents such as body image, sexual health and relationships. Aligned to the AusVELS, the introduction of Catching On Later
in conjunction with Catching on Early
, ensures that every compulsory year-level is supported by comprehensive sexuality education resources.
For the 'Daisy' presentation referenced in Activity 1, Learning Sequence 4, in the AusVELS levels 7 and 8 resource, see: Daisy Powerpoint Presentation (pptx - 7.13mb)
- To access the AusVELS Level 9 and 10 resource and all related PowerPoint presentations, see: Catching On Later - Years 9 and 10
Another resource to support delivery of a comprehensive sexuality education program is Building Respectful Relationships: Stepping Out Against Gender-Based violence
. This resource includes a set of teaching and learning activities aimed at students in Years 8 and 9 based on the key themes of gender, power, violence and respect. For more information and to access this resource see: Fuse
Catching on Early and Catching on Later surpass the Catching On for Years 9 and 10 resources which were last updated in 2004.These older resources, listed below, still include some useful information and activities for schools:
- Catching On for Years 9 and 10 – Teaching and Learning Activities ( pdf - 1.77mb) − This resource is designed to support classes exploring issues of love and relationships, risk behaviours, gender and power, and sexual identity. The resource (including the support material immediately below) was developed as part of this Department’s STI/AIDS Prevention Education Strategy (2005).This resource and its supporting material is meant to be used with other material to assist teachers in planning a comprehensive sexuality education program appropriate for the specific student population of any school. The resource has been designed for use at AusVELS Level 6 but includes activities that can be adapted by experienced teachers to meet some requirements in Level 4 or 5.
- Catching On for Years 9 and 10 – Support Material ( pdf - 589.98kb)− The support material for Catching On places sexually transmissible infections in the broader context of sexual health. Student project material is also included.
- Catching On for Years 9 and 10 – VELS Guide ( pdf - 54.14kb) − This guide, provided by ARCSHS, links the Catching On for Years 9 and 10 to level 6 of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards
- Medicare – Your Questions Answered ( pdf - 201.36kb) – Level 6 of the AusVELS Health and Physical Education domain includes a learning focus on students’ ability to identify the services provided through Medicare. This has been identified as an important aspect of sexuality education. The Medicare – Your Questions Answered pamphlet, provided with permission from Medicare Australia, outlines Medicare’s basic services. – Level 6 of the AusVELS Health and Physical Education domain includes a learning focus on students’ ability to identify the services provided through Medicare. This has been identified as an important aspect of sexuality education. The Medicare – Your Questions Answered pamphlet, provided with permission from Medicare Australia, outlines Medicare’s basic services.
Other useful resources
- Talking Sexual Health – A teaching & learning resource for secondary schools ( pdf - 3.53mb) − The Talking Sexual Health (2001) curriculum materials are primarily designed for students in years 9 and 10 but are also suitable for students in Years 11 and 12. Many of the activities can also be modified for use with students in Years 7 and 8. The materials are similar to those included in Catching On for Years 9 and 10 (2005). The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Victoria, developed this national resource for the Australian National Council for AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases (ANCAHRD). It is provided here with permission from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
Sexuality education provided at these age and school year levels is supported through the AusVELS curriculum framework. Teachers should also assess the learning needs of their students as appropriate. Research evidence that underpins age-appropriate learning and teaching in sexuality education and human development is available from:
- International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education − United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) (2009)
- Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, Kindergarten to 12th Grade: The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) (2004). These Guidelines are available from the Information Education. Select the publications link, see: SIECUS
- Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships − These evidenced-based resources include primary school sexuality education curriculum support materials and are available through West Australian Health Promoting Schools.
- Family Planning Victoria − Family Planning Victoria offers a wide range of primary school curriculum materials and works closely with schools to assist in the development of their ongoing sexuality education programs.
- Family Life Victoria − Family Life provides primary school curriculum materials with their education programs.
- The Hormone Factory − Developed by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University, this website offers specific sexual and reproductive development information for children (10 to 12 years), teachers and parents.
- Victorian Better Health Channel − This website provides useful background information and tips on primary school sexuality education.
- The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada − This Canadian website link is provided as an example of leading material from overseas with a primary school sexuality education focus.
- Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority - This website provides independent information on fertility and issues related to assisted reproductive treatment.
Supporting sexual health resources
- Talking Sexual Health – A teaching & learning resource for secondary schools − The Talking Sexual Health (2001) curriculum materials are primarily designed for students in Years 9 and 10 but are also suitable for students in Years 11 and 12. Many of the activities can also be modified for use with students in Years 7 and 8. The materials are similar to those included in Catching On for Years 9 and 10 (2005) with a strong focus on STIs and sexual health. The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Victoria, developed this national resource for the Australian National Council for AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases (ANCAHRD). It is provided here with permission from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
- HIV, Hepatitis and STI Education and Resource Centre −This Alfred Hospital centre offers a free service providing information and educational resources on sexually transmissible infections, hepatitis C and other blood borne viruses. See also: External Providers – HIV Hepatitis and STI Education and Resource Centre
- Chlamydia (fact sheet) − An overview of the causes, symptoms and diagnosis of the disease from the Better Health Channel website. An overview of sexually transmissible infections is also available. A general perusal through Better Health Channel’s sexual health webpages is recommended.
- HealthInsite − This website, an Australian Government initiative funded by the Department of Health and Ageing, provides the latest information on a variety of sexually transmissible infections and related topics.
- IDEAS – Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Surveillance − This website, hosted by the Communicable Disease Control Section of the Department of Human Services, provides the latest infectious diseases headlines (including sexually transmissible infections) for Victoria. The website includes a surveillance subpage that provides the latest data to pinpoint outbreaks and to prevent the spread of infection. The site will be particularly useful for student project work.
- Sexhealth − Published by Queensland Health, Queensland Government, this website offers secondary school sexuality education teaching and student resources (including an English unit) and a wide range of fact sheets.
- The Reach Out! Teachers' Network ( - 30.43kb) − Developed by the Inspire Foundation, a non-government organisation for young people’s health, this website provides fact sheets on a range of health subjects, including teenage pregnancy, sexual diversity, and teaching materials on relationships and peer pressure. See also: Reach Out! Sex and Relationships page
- SexualityandU.Ca − This website, developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), is provided as an example of leading teacher material from overseas with a focus on sexuality education.
Sexuality education for students – intellectual disabilities
- Family Planning Victoria − Family Planning Victoria provides a specific professional training program and curriculum materials focusing on sexuality education for students with intellectual disabilities. The materials are in line with Victorian Government policy.
- Victorian Better Health Channel – intellectual disabilities − This website provides useful background information on teaching children with intellectual disabilities and the benefits of providing sexuality education.
Sexuality education and drug education
Drug education − Many connections exist between sexuality education and drug education, ranging from learning and teaching that focuses on building resilience, developing good decision making and how to build healthy relationships.
Infectious diseases in sport
This booklet provides important infection control information and guidance for the teacher and others. A shorter, pamphlet version that only outlines the ‘blood rules’ is also provided. All sports, at both professional and amateur levels, should implement the guidelines.
The booklet and pamphlet are provided here with permission from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.