QSA Resources

Responses to Australian Curriculum

Queensland response to the Review of the Australian Curriculum  (February 2014)

Queensland response to the draft F–10 Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (April 2013)

Queensland response to the draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (June 2012)


QSA Advice

The QSA, in collaboration with Queensland’s school sectors, has developed a comprehensive implementation framework and have agreed on a staged approach to the implementation of the P–10 Australian Curriculum in Queensland

The QSA also provide further information on Australian Curriculum implementation strategy including a schedule indicating the expected year by which schools are to be implementing the Australian Curriculum learning areas (i.e. teaching, assessing and reporting).

These papers provides advice about time allocations and entitlement as a starting point for decisions about timetabling.

Report: Time allocations and entitlement (PDF, 198 kB)
Advice: Time allocations and entitlement (PDF, 177 kB)

EQ Resources

Memo: Recommended curriculum time allocations for Queensland state
schools 2014–2016

Australian Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

The ACHPER QLD Management Committee have prepared answers to many of the frequently asked questions around the Australian Curriculum HPE.

Visit our "Frequently Asked Questions" page to find out more.

New videos available to support AC:HPE

ACARA has released new videos to support the Australian Curriculum. The videos for HPE provide an introduction to the curriculum for teachers and for parents and the community. You can access the videos in the F-10 Australian Curriculum playlist on the You Tube channel.

ACHPER (National) responds to ACARA

Response to draft Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Foundation to Year 10

ACHPER has responded in a number of ways to the draft Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Foundation to Year 10. As well as providing a response from the National Board, ACHPER Branches were involved in video conferencing workshops that gave ACARA direct and purposeful feedback on the rationale, structure and detailed content of the draft curriculum.

ACHPER also encouraged members to respond individually, as schools/departments, and also on a regional basis.

ACARA is currently dealing with the wide variety of responses that come from health, physical education and sport sectors.

ACHPER National's response to ACARA is available below.

 ACHPER National Response to ACARA - April 2013.pdf

ACHPER QLD's response to Draft Australian Curriculum for HPE

The feedback collected at the two consultation forums held in Brisbane and Cairns in March, has been collated and provided to ACARA in the ACHPER QLD Response to the Draft Australian Curriculum for HPE.

You can download the official ACHPER QLD response below.

This feedback has also been provided to Queensland Studies Authority and ACHPER national office.

Thank you to all who contributed. Curriculum revision will now occur between May and July 2013, with the document scheduled for final review and approval in August 2013. View the official timeline here.

 ACHPER QLD Response to Draft HPE Curriculum.pdf

ACHPER QLD busy advocating for HPE Professionals


Over the month of March we spent considerable time representing and advocating for HPE teachers in a range of spheres. Our consultation forum on the Australian Curriculum was a start, and there is still time to input into our response if you haven’t already.

We have met with Hilary Backus from QASSP, Norm Fuller from QSPA, Mark Tibbles from School Sport Queensland, represented ACHPER QLD at QSport meetings, attending QUT Elite Athlete’s Function and sponsored student awards at QUT and USQ.

Furthermore we have written to the Ministers for Sport and for Education advocating on HPE teachers behalf.

Australian Curriculum Consultation Forum (Brisbane)

Australian Curriculum Consultation Forum (Brisbane)

On Monday March 4, HPE teachers from around South East Queensland met at the Hotel LA in Paddington to take part in ACHPER QLD's Australian Curriculum Consultation Forum (Brisbane).

Attendees listened to presentations on the development and progress of the draft P- 10 Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education from Janice Atkin, Senior Project Officer at Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, and Theo Clark, Principal Education Officer with the Queensland Studies Authority. A feedback and discussion session was then facilitated by ACHPER QLD President, Kim Lavin, in which attendees had the opportunity to comment on the draft curriculum materials and ask questions of Janice and Theo about the development and implementation process from a state and national perspective.

The feedback provided by these teachers will be combined with that obtained at ACHPER QLD's Australian Curriculum Consultation North Queensland Forum to inform the Queensland Branch's response to the draft document. In addition to this collective response, individual teachers and members can also have their say on the draft materials at Submission close April 12, 2013.

Some Tools for Advocacy

Some starting points and strategies

The attached article offers some ideas and strategies for promoting Health and Physical Education. 

A school community that promotes Health and Physical Education gives a clear message to each student that their wellbeing is valued.

* Source of article unknown

 Some Tools for Advocacy.pdf

ACHPER Critical of Minister's Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education first media release

ACHPER National Executive Director Jeffery Emmel responds

Monday, December 10 2012

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) welcomes the announcement of the progress being made in the development of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education and the entitlement it brings.

However the title of the media release issued from the Minister for School Education, The Hon Peter Garrett MP, with its focus on the publicly sensitive areas of water safety and first aid as the core of the curriculum is surely misleading. This is an ill-conceived first release and tells only part of the story of the breadth and importance of the learning area.

According to National Executive Director of ACHPER, Mr Jeffrey Emmel, water safety and first aid are important but no more than many other health-related issues, and unfortunately the media release reads like an appeasement to the strong public lobby of the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia and to those parents rightfully concerned about the impact of bullying in schools and creates an unnecessary and misleading view of the learning area.

“ACHPER's reading of the Shape Paper is that movement/physical activity is also a critical focus of this curriculum, one of two strands in fact, but there is little mention of its broader importance or the opportunity to enrich the lives of young people through sport and other forms of recreational pursuits”, Emmel said.

“ACHPER believes that the focus on water safety, first aid and bullying as the core of the learning area will send the wrong message to schools, specialist and classroom teachers about the relative importance of other areas particularly movement and physical activity. The H&PE curriculum is considerably broader than the issues that dominate this release.”

ACHPER urges the Minister to now follow up with further releases about the importance of the movement and physical activity strand, how H&PE will assist in the development of personal and social capabilities, and perhaps give more detail about how a national swimming and water safety program (that ACHPER would support) could be resourced through the jurisdictions.

Please contact Jeff Emmel (details below) for further information.

Jeffrey Emmel
National Executive Director ACHPER National
Mobile: 0403 570 915

Full release can be downloaded below.

 ACHPER Media Release 10 12 12.pdf

Minister Garrett Responds

Funding for HPE in the National Curriculum

Funding for HPE in the National Curriculum

Please find attached a letter of response from The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP (Minister for School Education, Early Childhood & Youth) in regards to funding of HPE support materials for the new Australian Curriculum.

 Response Letter from Hon Peter Garrett.pdf

Minister Announces Funding for National Curriculum

HPE Not Funded - ACHPER Lobby against this

Please see Minister of Schools Announcement and my immediate response below.


From: NED
Sent: Friday, 23 September 2011 12:34 PM
Subject: URGENT/Announcement of funding support re national curriculum.
Dear Minister

I write seeking clarification regarding the announcement of funding to support the implementation of the first seven subjects / learning areas to be completed in the Australian curriculum.

ACHPER applauds the overall intention to support schools and teachers with digital resources, however it is not clear whether that will be the limit to funding.

Despite Health and Physical Education being one of the key curriculum areas outlined in the Melbourne Declaration and currently expected by ACARA to be completed for the national curriculum by 2013 it has not been included.

Is there any reason for this? Are there plans to include it in a further announcement?

If there is no intention to include Health and Physical Education you can be assured that a formidable campaign will be mounted through a number of influential health and education bodies as well as the sport lobby.

I will pay the respect of holding back any media response pending immediate clarification regarding your intentions for funding professional learning resources and online materials in Health and Physical Education.

Yours sincerely
Jeffrey Emmel
National Executive Director
Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc.
214 Port Rd
SA 5007
phone 08 83403388
fax 08 83403399

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Why we should not cut PE

Why We Should Not Cut P.E.
Eliminate physical education to increase time for reading and math, the theory goes, and achievement will rise. But the evidence says otherwise.
Stewart G. Trost and Hans van der Mars
Thinking of cutting physical education? Think again. Even as we
bemoan children's sedentary lifestyles, we often sacrifice school-based physical education in the name of providing more time for academics.  In 2006, only 3.8 percent of elementary schools, 7.9 percent of middle  schools, and 2.1 percent of high schools offered students daily physical education or its equivalent for the entire school year (Lee, Burgeson, Fulton, & Spain, 2007).

Click on the PDF below to read the whole article.


Health and Physical Education included in the National Curriculum

MEDIA RELEASE 20th April 2010

The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc (ACHPER) has welcomed the announcement of the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) to include Health and Physical Education in the National Curriculum. The decision comes in response to a strong recommendation by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
National Executive Director, Jeff Emmel said that “both ACARA and MCEECDYA should be commended for their willingness to review the current development plan and cover all eight learning areas listed in the Melbourne Declaration of December 2008”.

“This announcement is a timely boost for our profession and ACHPER with its strong network of branches in the states and territories will be available to assist ACARA in the challenging process ahead. Educators and parents will be happy with this decision”.
Emmel said that “while the process of admission to the national curriculum development ‘club’ had been less than satisfactory it was evident that real attempts were now being made to provide for a more coherent and cohesive national curriculum. We are delighted that MCEECDYA has agreed to the curriculum entitlement that we have been advocating for some time”:

1”The prioritisation of Health and Physical Education (HPE) within Phase three of the curriculum development plan”;
2. “The inclusion of HPE as a core learning requirement for all students in each year from K–10”;
3. “Maximising within the overall package of required school learning the number of school hours that students participate in quality physical education and sport”.

Emmel thanked those kindred organisations and individuals who had continued to advocate for the inclusion of Health and Physical Education. He suspected that the National Health Preventative Task Force Recommendations had been influential but emphasised that ‘the growing evidence around active and healthy living as a stimulus for learning in the classroom generally would be an important part of HPE curriculum development”.

For Further Information /Interview
Jeff Emmel
National Executive Director
Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc

Federal Election 2010

Support for Health & Physical Education in Schools

Available to download below is letter to all Major Political Parties & Candidates seeking support and committement to quality Health & Physical Education (HPE) as a priority in the new Australian K-10 Cirriculum.

The article contains an article entitled "Active and Healthy Children Make Better Learners" including an overview of Relevant Research Findings on the topic.

 To Candidates.pdf

State of Play

Article by Jeff Emmel & Dawn Penney

Available to download is a article by the ACHPER National Executive Director, Jeff Emmel and Dawn Penney, convenor of the ACHPER National Curriculum Working Group discussing the current state of the inclusion of HPE into the National Curriculum.  

 State of Play_J Emmel & D Penney.pdf

Draft Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Foundation to Year 10

Deadline for Feedback: 12 April 2013

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released the draft Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Foundation to Year 10 for national consultation. Feedback can be provided until 12 April 2013.

The draft curriculum is available through ACARA’s consultation website – You will need to register on this website to read, review, download, or print the draft curriculum.

Following consultation, all feedback will be analysed and used to revise the draft curriculum before it is published as the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Foundation to Year 10.

ACHPER Advocates for AC:HPE

ACHPER has provided feedback for the Students First review and is advocating for the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education. Read the statement.

Primary Curriculum Management Illustrations

A series of 20 videos has been released on the Australian Curriculum website to illustrate the management of the Australian Curriculum within primary schools. These videos provide primary school leadership teams with information about different approaches being taken to manage the Australian Curriculum.

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