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Introducing the curriculum

The Victorian Curriculum Ethical Capability is organised into two strands: Understanding Concepts and Decision Making and Actions.

The Ethical Capability is a new curriculum. It explores what it means for both an individual and society to live well. Students examine what we ought to do, how we ought to live, what kind of society we should have and what kind of person one should be. 

A key aspect of the Ethical Capability curriculum is identifying and responding to ethical issues. It focuses on the conceptual and analytical skills necessary for informed deliberation on ethical issues. This curriculum enables students to identify the assumptions and implications of different ethical positions, recognising the areas of contestability within those positions. 

Students will draw on the learning set out in the Critical and Creative Thinking curriculum continuum to develop reasoning skills and apply this to the considerations of ethical decision-making and the exploration of ethical concepts, principles and problems.

The development of Ethical Capability is enhanced by engaging with philosophical ideas, the premises of different religions, secular world views and cultural norms


Schools will need to take the time to become familiar with the curriculum and then develop teaching and learning programs to support students to progress in their learning of these concepts and skills. It may be expected that students use a particular process to assist in engagement with an ethical issue. While ethical decision making is not necessarily a lock-step process, it can be useful to identify particular milestones and how they link to the progression articulated in the Ethical Capability curriculum. 

To view the Ethical Capability curriculum, please visit the Victorian Curriculum F–10 website.


A PowerPoint presentation outlining the key components of the Ethical Capability curriculum is available:

Introducing Ethical Capability (pptx - 317.93kb)

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Monica Bini, Curriculum Manager
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