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New NSW Syllabuses


New South Wales joined with the Australian Government and all other states and territories to develop an Australian curriculum. Through 2011 and 2012 the Board of Studies NSW, now the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES), developed new K–10 syllabuses for English, Mathematics, Science (incorporating Science and Technology K–6) and History that incorporate agreed Australian curriculum content. View guides to the new K–10 syllabuses for teachers, schools and parents. 

BOSTES launched the NSW syllabuses for the Australian curriculum website in October 2012 to provide quick and easy access to the new NSW K–10 syllabuses.

Development of a new Geography K–10 syllabus in Geography commenced in 2014 and was published in 2015.

Online access to the syllabuses for teachers and school communities allows:

  • navigation of content by strand
  • comparison of syllabuses by stage or outcome
  • searching across one or more syllabuses
  • filtering of the learning across the curriculum content
  • the use of a hyperlinked glossary when viewing content. 

View guides to the new K–10 syllabuses for teachers, schools and parents.

The site also provides a range of programming and assessment support materials to assist teachers in planning and programming. 

BOSTES also developed the online programming tool called Program Builder that is dynamically linked to the new NSW syllabuses for the Australian curriculum, allowing teachers to select content to create scope and sequences and units. Program Builder now also provides suggested resources relevant to NSW syllabus content direct from Scootle.


Read the latest news about the Australian curriculum and implementation in NSW.

In K–6 the syllabuses are designed to be taught within the BOSTES' recommended percentages of time for each key learning area in a typical school week. In Years 7–10 they are designed to be taught within the existing NSW indicative time requirements.

Kindergarten – Year 6
  • English – start teaching
  • Mathematics – optional to start teaching
  • Science and Technology – optional to start teaching
  • Mathematics – start teaching
  • Science and Technology – start teaching
  • History – start teaching
  • Geography – optional to start teaching
  • Geography – start teaching
Years 7–10
  • Years 7 and 9: English, Mathematics, Science and History – start teaching 
  • Years 8 and 10: English, Mathematics, Science and History – start teaching
  • Familiarisation and planning for Geography
  • Years 7 and 9: Geography – start teaching
  • Years 8 and 10: Geography – start teaching