ACARA - FIRST framework

Edited on March 18, 2024

The FIRST framework is a guide to assist teachers and schools to engage with their local First Nations communities to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. Teachers may be planning to include the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures Cross-curriculum priority and/or learning area specific content. This FIRST framework aims to provide some very simple and practical considerations when developing a teaching and learning program suitable for the local context.

Where you start and the order in which you consider this information will be influenced by your previous and existing partnerships with your local First Nations Peoples, and the part of the Australian Curriculum you are going to teach.

Some teachers may feel concerned about teaching curriculum content related to or about First Nations Peoples. The best way to address this fear is by reaching out to your local community and explain what you are trying to teach and respectfully ask for advice.