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Literacy: General capabilities

Literacy, one of the seven general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum, involves students listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of contexts.

This page provides advice and resources to support planning and assessing literacy development across the Australian Curriculum learning areas.


A  student’s success in any learning area depends on being able to use the significant, identifiable and distinctive literacy that is important for learning and representative of the content of that learning area.

The QCAA has developed resources to support teachers when developing targeted literacy programs and learning episodes across phases of schooling.

National Literacy Learning Progression: Resources

The National Literacy Learning Progression (NLLP) describes a typical sequence of observable literacy indicators, which increase in complexity over time both within and across the Australian Curriculum learning areas. It is a conceptual tool that teachers can use to develop targeted teaching and learning programs.

Professional learning

The QCAA provides professional development resources to support schools in improving literacy outcomes for students.

Schools and teachers can also:

  • register for conferences, workshops and webinars
  • request customised professional development.

For more information, refer to the QCAA Professional development and events page.

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