This domain is embedded in the teaching of all classroom and specialist teachers.


Learners are most successful when they are mindful of themselves as learners and thinkers within a learning community. The Personal Learning domain focuses on providing students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be successful, positive learners both at school and throughout their lives. They are supported to develop the confidence and ability to be adaptive and take an active role in shaping their own futures in a world of constant change.


Students can learn many things by will and effort, particularly if they see that the learning is relevant. They need to understand what it means to learn, who they are as learners and how emotions affect learning. They also need to develop skills in planning, monitoring and revising their work, and reflecting on and modifying their learning practices.


This domain supports the development of autonomous learners, with a positive sense of themselves as learners, by providing all learners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to:

  • develop an understanding of their strengths and potential
  • seek and respond appropriately to feedback from their teachers, peers and other members of the community
  • develop skills of goal setting and time and resource management
  • increasingly manage their own learning and growth by monitoring their learning, and setting and reflecting on their learning goals
  • learn to understand and to manage their own emotions
  • develop resilience and dispositions which support learning
  • recognise and enact learning principles within and beyond the school
  • prepare for lifelong learning.

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 The achievement of these outcomes requires the creation of a school and classroom culture where all students are respected and valued as individuals with the capacity to learn and think, and where self-regulated effort in learning is promoted.





In Personal Learning, standards for assessing and reporting on student achievement are introduced at Level 3.

This table outlines where a student is expected to be at a particular time in his/her educational journey. Most students will achieve the expected standard. Some will achieve to a higher standard. Some may not reach the expected standard.

Currently the Personal Learning Domain has not been moved into the Australian Curriculum format and is set out as follows:


Foundation Prep Working towards Level 4
Level 1 Year 1 Working towards Level 4
Level 2 Year 2 Working towards Level 4
Level 3 Year 3 Working towards Level 4
Level 4 Year 4  
Level 5 Year 5 Working towards Level 6
Level 6 Year 6  
Level 7 Year 7 Working towards Level 8
Level 8 Year 8  
Level 9 Year 9 Working towards Level 10
Level 10 Year 10  


Click to view the curriculum for Personal Learning Levels Prep - 10.

Please note that currently AusVELS Progression Points that describe student behaviours expected at each level are only available for English, Mathematics, Science and History.


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