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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Study Abroad: Education Sources: Australia

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

Map of Australia

Travel Information

The U.S. Department of State provides information on traveling to various countries, including passport and visa requirements.

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)

Cultural Norms

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

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, Skills and Employment 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. 

Education and Training Portfolio

Further information and resources can be found in the Education, Skills and Employment page 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 the article "Australia" available in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's reference book:

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

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

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:

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:

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

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