Global Education

Teacher resources to encourage a global
perspective across the curriculum

Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Australian students. It describes what all young Australians are to be taught as a foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community. There is great congruence between global education and the Australian Curriculum.


Global education aims to develop global citizens through promotion of open mindedness and a willingness to take action for change, respecting and valuing diversity, and being active in the development of a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

These goals are similar to those in the Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for Young Australians (2008), which promotes equity and excellence, development of successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens.


Global education promotes flexible learning, which empowers students to learn about the world, develop values around a positive sense of self, appreciation of cultural diversity, passion for social justice and human rights and building sustainable futures.

Like the Australian Curriculum global education is cross-disciplinary to broaden and enrich each student’s learning. Teachers are able to choose how best to introduce concepts and processes and how to progressively deepen understanding to maximise the engagement and learning of every student.


The skills developed in global education are similar to the general capabilities of the Australian Curriculum, equipping students to be lifelong learners able to operate with confidence in a complex, information-rich, globalised world. The general capabilities particularly relevant to global education because they focus on ways of thinking, acting, behaving or learning to live with others are:

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Personal and social competence
  • Intercultural understanding.


A global perspective encompasses the Australian Curriculum's three cross-curriculum priorities that assist learning to be relevant to the lives of students and address the contemporary issues they face.

Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priorities Related global education learning emphases Content
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Interdependence and globalisation
  • Identity and cultural diversity
  • Social justice and human rights
Minority groups throughout the world, their special connections and knowledge of place viewed through historical, social and political lenses. 
Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
  • Identity and cultural diversity
  • Social justice and human rights

The diversity of traditions, cultures, belief systems and religions of people and countries in Asia.

Equitable and peaceful relations with countries around the world

Effective regional and global citizenship

  • Sustainable futures
Balancing the social, political, economic and environmental aspects of life on Earth.