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ACARA - Australian Curriculum Murray Darling Basin

ACARA Australian Curriculum Murray River and Murray Darling Basin

Welcome - this student/teacher resource is currently under development

We've developed this page for the Australian Curriculum to assist students and teachers in better understanding the role of the Murray River and the Murray-Darling Basin.

The region's value in both food production, geographical location, ancient Indigenous culture, natural landscapes and historical value to Australia are significant. We hope you enjoy the diversity of subjects, issues and facts. Please give us feedback and ways you feel we could improve this resource in future to assist in learnings related to the Australian Curriculum with a strong emphasis on history and geography.

Based on Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) materials downloaded from the Australian Curriculum website on (May 8, 2015). ACARA does not endorse any changes that have been made to the Australian Curriculum.

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Geography / History

F-10 Curriculum / Humanities and Social Sciences / Geography (ACARA website)
F-10 Curriculum / Humanities and Social Sciences / History (ACARA website)

Geography - Year 3 | Year 5 | Year 7
History - Year 3 | Year 5 | Year 7


Year 3 - Geography

Geographical Knowledge and Understanding

The representation of Australia as states and territories, and Australia’s major natural and human features (ACHGK014)

The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples throughout Australia (ACHGK015)

The similarities and differences in individuals’ and groups’ feelings and perceptions about places, and how they influence views about the protection of these places (ACHGK018)



Year 5 - Geography

Geographical Knowledge and Understanding

The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (ACHGK027)

The influence of the environment on the human characteristics of a place (ACHGK028)

The influence people have on the human characteristics of places and the management of spaces within them (ACHGK029)


Geographical Inquiry and Skills

Represent the location and features of places and different types of geographical information by constructing large-scale and small-scale maps that conform to cartographic conventions, including border, source, scale, legend, title and north point, using spatial technologies as appropriate (ACHGK036)

Present findings and ideas in a range of communication forms, for example, written, oral, graphic, tabular, visual and maps; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGK038)


Year 7 - Geography

Geographical Knowledge and Understanding

Unit 1: Water in the World

The way that flows of water connect places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places (ACHGK038)




Year 3 - History

Historical Knowledge and Understanding

Community and remembrance

The importance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to a local area. (This is intended to be a local area study with a focus on one Language group; however, if information or sources are not readily available, another representative area may be studied) (ACHHK060)

ONE important example of change and ONE important example of continuity over time in the local community, region or state/territory; for example, in relation to the areas of transport, work, education, natural and built environments, entertainment, daily life (ACHHK061)

The role that people of diverse backgrounds have played in the development and character of the local community (ACHHK062)

Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Harmony Week, National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC week and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems. (ACHHK063)


Historical Skills

Chronology, terms and concepts

Sequence historical people and events (ACHHS065)



Year 5 - History

Historical Knowledge and Understanding

The Australian colonies

Reasons (economic, political and social) for the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800. (ACHHK093)

The impact of a significant development or event on a colony; for example, frontier conflict, the gold rushes, the Eureka Stockade, internal exploration, the advent of rail, the expansion of farming, drought. (ACHHK095)

The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony; for example, explorers, farmers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, humanitarians, religious and political leaders, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. (ACHHK097)


Historical Skills

Chronology, terms and concepts

Sequence historical people and events (ACHHS098)



Year 7 - History

Investigating the ancient past

The nature of the sources for ancient Australia and what they reveal about Australia’s past in the ancient period, such as the use of resources (ACDSEH031)

The importance of conserving the remains of the ancient past, including the heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. (ACDSEH148)



Historical Skills

Chronology, terms and concepts

Sequence historical events, developments and periods (ACHHS205)


Historical questions and research

Identify a range of questions about the past to inform a historical inquiry (ACHHS207)




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