Literacy and Numeracy, general capabilities in the Australian curriculum

Literacy and numeracy, general capabilities in the Australian curriculum

This blog will discuss the general capabilities  also the literacy and numeracy capabilities in the Australian curriculum. There are seven general capabilities to understand within the third dimension (Australian curriculum assessment and reporting association (ACARA, 2013). They are:

  1. Critical and creative thinking,
  2. Information and communication technology capability,
  3. Personal and social capability,
  4. Ethical understanding,
  5. Intercultural understanding,
  6. Literacy,
  7. Numeracy.

The aim is to give a better understanding of the literacy and numeracy capabilities in the Australian curriculum. To achieve this we first need to understand literacy and numeracy.

Literacy and numeracy is best described as, the skills to navigate and make meaning in an increasingly complex and changing world.  These skills are also the means through which individual’s access and understand information. Literacy and numeracy are foundational to successful living, learning and working in today’s society (Education).

An effective literate thinker entails being able to have the confidence to engage with the language of the 21st century and to be able to read, write and communicate meaning in all aspects of life (Association, 2015). A numerate thinker is considered to be able to understand quantitative and spatial information and to form educated decisions in every aspect of life (DifferenceBetween.Com., 2012).

Literacy and numeracy are both very important elements in life with the same aim, goals and purposes.  Obtaining skills in both literacy and numeracy can open doors and opportunities for individuals to support the ability to achieve personal goals and set the foundation of an improved quality of life (Education).  Literacy skills can give you the strong confidence to be able to engage in a life of learning and being active in the community and society.

Numeracy assist an individual in calculating the cost of living, judging distance in variety of activities (i.e. sports), fitting objects in to a confined space (i.e. filling up a cookie jar)navigating a map, chart and recipe changing(Education).

For literacy and numeracy to support the societal needs for the next generation, educational subjects must be learned in different contexts to assist in the development of the communities future (Education).

I have listed subjects with an example for each literacy and numeracy to help understand how the techniques can be applied to subjects other than English and Math.

  • Music
    – reading, writing and playing music (Education).
    – timing to compose and playing music (Education).
  • Science
    – engaging in brainstorming sessions to produce answers to research questions.
    -measuring and figuring out estimation on experiments to gain a sound result.

In conclusion the capabilities in the Australian curriculum for literacy and numeracy support the emerging educators in supporting students to develop into a self-reliant productive contributing citizens.


ACARA. (2013). General Capabilities

Association, I. L. (2015). Why Literacy. Retrieved from

DifferenceBetween.Com. (2012). Difference Between Numeracy and Mathematics. Retrieved from >

Education, A. Literacy and Numeracy progression.

Education, A. Literacy Fact Sheet.

Education, A. Numeracy fact sheet

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Hi my name is Brier and i was born and raised in QLD Australia. I have recently started uni in high school teaching and in this blog i will be answering questions relating to an assignment about literacy and numeracy. there for painting you a mental pitcher of literacy and numeracy.

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