Australian Cross-Curriculum Priorities

The Australian Curriculum identifies three cross-curriculum priorities that give students the tools and language to engage with and better understand their world at a range of levels. These are:

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  2. Sustainability
  3. Australia’s Relationship with Asia

Here are APT’s suggestions for plays that address those priorities. Teachers are advised to read the plays to ascertain suitability for students and their learning context.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Australian Plays Transform believes that the recognition of the ancient sovereignty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is necessary for a full expression of Australia’s nationhood. We believe that it is critical that full opportunities be created for all people to encounter, engage with and be transformed by that story. We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural resurgence and self-determination as part of the shaping of our national narrative, and as an example to the world.

The following scripts are offered to teachers and students as one way to explore aspects of the histories and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including important historic and contemporary issues. It is the beginning of a series of scripts APT is bringing together to support this curriculum priority in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander playwrights

Many of the plays have been written for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers and teachers are strongly encouraged to consider the exploration of these scripts in conjunction with State/Territory based protocols and frameworks for teaching this priority.

Years 8-10
Years 9-10
Years 10+


The Australian Curriculum states that, “The Arts provides engaging and thought-provoking contexts in which to explore the nature of art making and responding. Through making and responding in The Arts, students consider issues of sustainability in relation to resource use and traditions in each of The Arts subjects.  The Arts provides opportunities for students to express and develop world views, and to appreciate the need for collaboration within and between communities to implement more sustainable patterns of living. In this learning area, students use the exploratory and creative platform of The Arts to advocate effective action for sustainability” (ACARA, 2021).

Years 8-10

Note: APT suggests They Saw a Thylacine by Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton from Endangered: Three Plays

Years 9-10

Note: APT suggests Extinction by Hannie Rayson and The Honey Bees by Caleb Lewis from Endangered: Three Plays

Australia’s Relationship with Asia

The Australian Curriculum states, “The Arts, students can examine art forms that have arisen from the rich and diverse belief systems and traditions of the Asia region. They can reflect on the intrinsic value of these artworks and artists’ practices as well as their place and value within broader social, cultural, historical and political contexts”. The perspectives and stories of the characters in these plays are diverse including culture and language. Casting is an important consideration.

Years 4-8
Years 9-10
Year 10

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