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Study Abroad: Education Sources: Australia

This guide is intended for a study abroad course at the College of Education.

Map of Australia




Travel Information

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Australian Curriculum

Australian Curriculum logo

Information about Australia's curriculum standards can be found on the the Australian Curriculum website maintained by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment, and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Curriculum information can be browsed by subject area (e.g., science, languages), general capabilities (e.g., literacy, critical and creative thinking), or cross-curriculum priorities (e.g., sustainability).

General information about ACARA and the development of the curriculum standards can be found on the About page. Resources related to the F-10 curriculum and the senior secondary curriculum are also available.

A resources section highlighting information about curriculum connections, STEM, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture may also be useful to browse.

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization whose mission is to create and promote research-based knowledge, products, and services that can be used to improve learning across the life span. Their online research repository contains ACER's research available in digital form, including reports, working papers, conference papers, and newsletters. It is maintained by Cunningham Library and can be searched through the ACEReSearch interface. More information about ACER's areas of research and research capability can be found on the areas of research section of their website.

Cultural Norms

For information about cultural norms in Australia, try these resources:

To find more resources in the library catalog, try searching using the following keywords:

  • Australia -- social life and customs
  • Etiquette -- Australia
  • Australia -- Guidebooks
  • Visitors, Foreign -- Australia
  • Americans -- Australia
  • Business etiquette -- Australia

Australian Department of Education and Training

Department of Education and Training Website

The Department of Education and Training is a governmental department responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education, and research. The Department works with states and territories to provide quality early learning, schooling, and improved student outcomes through parent engagement and quality teaching and learning environments.

The Department's website provides a variety of reports and resources related to schooling, early learning, and higher education. The website also contains a Document Library containing all publications and resources that can be searched to find relevant information.

Further resources related to the Department of Education and Training can be found on their webpage in the online Australian government directory.

Education and Training Portfolio

Further information and resources can be found in the Education and Training Portfolio on the Australian governmental directory website. This page contains contact information for the Ministers of Education, as well as links to various educational agencies' websites, including the Department of Education and Training; the Australian Curriculum, Assessment, and Reporting Authority; and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Background Information on Education System

For a brief overview of the Australian educational system and related topics, try this article available in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's reference collection:

Another useful background article is available through the library's online collection:

Publications from UNESCO and the CIA may also be of help in your research:

  • World Data on Education: Seventh Edition 2010-2011
    This publication from UNESCO's International Bureau of Education provides detailed information on the education systems of 163 countries worldwide, with an emphasis on curricula and curriculum development processes.
  • CIA World Factbook: Australia
    For more general information about the country of Australia, try the CIA World Factbook. This resource provides information about the geography of the country, including natural hazards. Some educational information is included underneath the "People and Society" section.

Natural Disasters and School Emergency Drills

Information about school emergency drills such as fire drills or drills for other natural disasters may not be available online. However, another way to be prepared is to be aware of some of the common natural disasters that occur in Australia. Geoscience Australia is a governmental website containing more information about Australia's natural hazards, some of which are listed below:

  • Bushfires: Bushfires and grassfires are common throughout Australia as many of the country's native plants are fire prone and combustible. Grassfires move quickly, passing in 5-10 seconds and smoldering for a few minutes. Bushfires, on the other hand, move more slowly. They pass in 2-5 minutes and can smolder for several days.
  • Earthquakes: Although Australia is not on the edge of a tectonic plate, the continent nevertheless can experience occasional earthquakes due to the placement of other tectonic plates.
  • Flooding: Flooding can occur due to heavy rainfall, storm surges, or earthquakes that cause damage to dams. In the flat inland regions of the continent, floods may spread over many miles and last several weeks. However, in the mountain and costal regions, flooding can happen rapidly with few hours' warning.
  • Landslides: These are most frequent in areas with high rainfall, cliffs and steep slopes, and/or unstable rock types.
  • Severe Wind, Thunderstorms, and Tornadoes: Severe storms can occur anywhere in Australia and are the most frequent natural hazard to occur. They are most common along the east coast from central Queensland to central New South Wales. Tornadoes occur most commonly in the south western and eastern parts of the continent.
  • Tsunamis: The tsunami risk in Australia is relatively low along the southern coasts and is moderate along the west coast of the continent, due to more earthquake and volcanic activity in that region.

Education Periodicals of Australia

These Australian education periodicals are available through the library's collection of online journals and can be searched for relevant articles:

General Asia-Pacific Education Journals

There are many journals focused on various aspects of education in the Asia-Pacific region. The following journals are available online through the library's website and can be searched for relevant articles:

Finding More Resources in the Library Catalog

To find more information about the educational system of Australia, try these tips for searching the library catalog to find books, magazines or journals, DVDs, and many other resources:

  • Start with our local online library catalog to search the 14 million volumes we have on this campus.
  • In addition to these resources, you can connect to over 70 other libraries in Illinois using the I-Share catalog and request books be sent to you.

Here are some keywords that may be useful in your search:

  • Education -- Australia
  • Education, higher -- Australia
  • Education -- curricula
  • Curriculum planning
  • Curriculum evaluation