Australian schools, universities, businesses, governments and communities have developed significant expertise on China. However, the challenge of developing China capabilities across our education system, business, government and broader community remains. To meet the challenge will require a whole-of-Australia effort.
The draft Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Languages for Chinese and Italian was released for public consultation from 19 December 2012 to 12 April 2013.
The draft Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Languages for Chinese and Italian is currently being revised in consideration of the feedback received during consultation and the revised curricula will be considered for approval by the ACARA Board and by Ministers in late 2013.
The AEF is collaboration between the Asialink at the University of Melbourne and Education Services Australia. The Australian Government has provided core funding to the AEF to support studies of Asia in Australian schools since 1992.
AEF promotes and implement strategies and programs that support teachers and schools learning about Asian cultures and languages.
The AEF partners with Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership in the development and implementation of national teacher and school leader standards that progress achievement of Asia relevant capabilities for Australian students.
The AEF partners with Education Services Australia to develop digital curriculum resources and on-line professional learning to support teachers to implement the Australian Curriculum’s Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia cross curriculum priority, and the Intercultural Understanding general capability and Asian languages.
BRIDGE program managed by the AEF and supported by the government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (including the Australia-China Council enables Australian and Asian schools to establish partnerships for mutual benefit.
Through a combination of face-to-face and online collaboration, Australian and students in Indonesian, China, Korea and Thailand have the opportunity to improve their language skills, develop intercultural understanding and build ICT capacity.
The Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships enables Australian in-service and pre-service language teachers have the opportunity to apply for a three-week intensive immersion program in their language home country. Since 2004, 1,714 practising and trainee language teachers have participated in 11 language programs for Arabic, Indonesian, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Engaging China Project is the initiative by the Australia-China Youth Association supported by the Australia-China Council. Under the program Australian university students and graduates with experience learning the Chinese language and living in China visit schools across Australia to motivate and mentor school students to learn Chinese language and to engage with China in creative ways across the Australian curriculum.
Asia Literacy Ambassadors Program by the Asia Education Foundation enables skilled professionals to visit secondary schools across Australia, as well as host student visits to their own workplaces. By sharing their own stories, Ambassadors help students and school communities to better understand the value of having Asia skills.
The University of Sydney's China Studies Centre works in partnership with China to better understand its impact on the world and Australia, and improve cooperation and relations.
The Australian Centre on China in the World is a research institution established to enhance the existing capabilities of the Australian National University in teaching and research on China. CIW takes a broad, holistic view and engages multidisciplinary expertise in areas including Chinese history, thought, culture, media, politics, society, gender, environment, economics, foreign and strategic policy, and regional affairs.
Also see other Chinese studies units and programs at the Australian National University
The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) is a major initiative of the University of Melbourne’s highly–profiled Asia Institute. Launching in April 2013, it will play a vital role in promoting an Australian approach in the study of contemporary China, and serves to be a significant source of research–based information on China, Chinese societies and Chinese economies in the 21st century.
Asialink is an affiliate of The University of Melbourne and an initiative of the Myer Foundation to promote public understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia's role in the region.