Asia Education Foundation

Learning areas/subjects

Access learning area/subject-specific curriculum resources, links, and videos aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

Civics and Citizenship



Economics and Business



Link to mapped Asia content in English





Link to mapped Asia content in History



Japanese calligraphy



Link to mapped Asia content in Mathematics



Link to mapped Asia content in Science




The Arts


Link to mapped Asia content in Arts

Resources by country

Engage student learning about Asia through country-specific curriculum resources, professional learning opportunities, links and more.











Republic of Korea

 Curriculum Resources


AEF provides Asia-related curriculum resources across learning areas/subjects to support implementation of the Australian Curriculum. The Asia priority and Intercultural understanding general capability gives teachers the opportunity to implement an Asia-focused curriculum.

What is the Asia priority?

'The Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia priority provides a regional context for learning in all areas of the curriculum. It reflects Australia's extensive engagement with Asia in social, cultural, political, and economic spheres ...

... This priority will ensure that students learn about and recognise the diversity within and between the countries of the Asia region. They will develop knowledge and understanding of Asian societies, cultures, beliefs and environments, and the connections between the peoples of Asia, Australia, and the rest of the world. Asia literacy provides students with the skills to communicate and engage with the peoples of Asia so they can effectively live, work and learn in the region.'

From the Australian Curriculum: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.

Organising Ideas

The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) defines a set of organising ideas for each cross-curriculum priority. These are embedded in the content descriptions and elaborations of learning areas or subjects.

The following table is from the Australian Curriculum: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia organising ideas.


Organising ideas

Asia and its diversity


The peoples and countries of Asia are diverse in ethnic background, traditions, cultures, belief systems and religions.


Interrelationships between humans and the diverse environments in Asia shape the region and have global implications.

Achievements and contributions of the peoples of Asia


The peoples and countries of Asia have contributed and continue to contribute to world history and human endeavour.


The arts and literature of Asia influence aesthetic and creative pursuits within Australia, the region and globally.

Asia-Australia engagement


Collaboration and engagement with the peoples of Asia support effective regional and global citizenship.


Australia is part of the Asia region and our histories from ancient times to the present are linked.


Australians play a significant role in social, cultural, political and economic developments in the Asia region.


Australians of Asian heritage have influenced Australia's history and continue to influence its dynamic culture and society.


What is Intercultural understanding?

'The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) recognised the fundamental role that education plays in building a society that is cohesive and culturally diverse, and that values Australia's Indigenous cultures (MCEETYA, p. 4).

Intercultural understanding addresses this role, developing students who are active and informed citizens with an appreciation of Australia's social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity, and the ability to relate to and communicate across cultures at local, regional and global levels.'

From The Australian Curriculum: Intercultural understanding.

Digitally curated resources

Access Asia-focussed digital content lists created by AEF support teachers implement the Australian Curriculum.




The Arts



What is Asia?

According to ACARA, 'Asia can be defined in geographical terms, but it can also be described in terms of cultural, religious, historical and language boundaries or commonalities.

While it includes West and Central Asia, in Australian schools studies of Asia will pay particular attention to the sub-regions of:

  • North-east Asia, including China, Mongolia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan

  • South-east Asia, including Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, East Timor, the Philippines and Cambodia

  • South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.'

From Defining Asia in the Australian Curriculum: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.

 Map of Asia

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Extensive repository of digital resources to support the Australian Curriculum

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The Australian Curriculum alignment statement is based on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) materials which are licensed under a ‪‬Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia (CC BY NC SA) licence.

Image acknowledgements: scales of justice by openclipart; SomethingConnect by openclipart.

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