By Steve Mc Murtrie

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) state representatives recently attended a meeting with ACARA (Australian Curriculum Assessment & Reporting Authority) regarding Outdoor Education in the Australian Curriculum. The meeting is a culmination of years of work and effort undertaken by many people within OEA.

Scott Polley (SA), Todd Blackall (TAS), Kathy Mann (ACT), Tonia Grey (NSW), Peter McKenna (QLD) and Steve McMurtrie (Vic) met with Tracy Zilm from ACARA.The meeting was held at the  ACARA offices in Sydney and were received with a very positive and supportive group of people. Tracy was a wonderful host and facilitator who is committed to the value of Outdoor Education. 

photo of a group of people from ACARA meeting

Left to Right: Rainer (ACARA), Peter, Steve, Scott, Kathy, Tracy (ACARA) Todd.


The purpose of the meeting was to progress the opportunities for Outdoor Education within the Australian Curriculum. Significantly the conversations were about how we are going to move forward for Outdoor Education in the Australian Curriculum.


  1. Outdoor Education will be included as 1 of 4 “Curriculum Connections” identified on the Australian Curriculum website.

*The “Curriculum Connections” section is due to be launched around February 2017

  1.  The website will identify:
  • The Content Descriptions from the learning areas of HPE, Science and HASS (Geography) that have a strong connection to Outdoor Education.
  • The General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities that have a strong connection to Outdoor Education.
  • Have potential for inclusion of work samples, resources and school profiles that will provide an outline of OE programs that can be implemented in schools.

In the future there will be the opportunity to submit work samples and school profiles.

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