AFA Response to Australian Curriculum Review


A recent review of the Australian Curriculum states the ANZAC Legend, among other war related matters, is to be contested in the studies.


Air Force Association President, Carl Schiller OAM, CSM has written to both the Minister for Education and Minister for Veterans Affairs on latest Curriculum Review and the ‘ANZAC Legend’.

The Air Force Association, like other major veterans’ organisations has serious concerns about the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority’s latest review of the Australian Curriculum, in particular the section at page 63 on ‘the different historical interpretations and contested debates about the nature and significance of the ANZAC legend and WW1’.

The world is a very different place from when the ANZAC spirit was established, but the contexts of sacrifice, nation-building and selflessness need to be clearly expostulated when teaching the topic to the next inheritors of this history.

‘What is not contestable is recognition of the courage and acceptance of duty to all servicemen and women on any battlefield.’  

– Carl Schiller OAM, CSM, President Air Force Association

Read the AFA President’s letter to the Minister for Education and Minister for Veterans Affairs in full by clicking on the images below.

What is the Australian Curriculum?

The Australian Curriculum applies to all primary and secondary schools, affecting over 4 million students. It sets “the expectations for what all young Australians should be taught”. Developed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), the curriculum is reviewed every six years.

The current review sought public consultations and revisions will be finalised by the end of 2021.






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