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Health and Physical Education


Curriculum area resources support teachers to implement the curriculum. Resources are organised by 'Planning resources', 'Teaching resources' and 'Assessment resources'.

Overview of Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education focuses on students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in varied and changing contexts. The curriculum is futures-orientated and underpinned by five interrelated propositions: focuses on educative purposes; takes a strength-based approach; values movement; develops health literacy skills; and includes a critical inquiry approach. Health and Physical Education offers students an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active. The Health and Physical Education curriculum has two interrelated strands: Personal, social and community health, and Movement and physical activity delivered through twelve focus areas that provide the context through which the content is taught and assessed.

The Health and Physical Education curriculum be viewed on the Victorian Curriculum F–10 website.

To learn about key components of the Health and Physical Education curriculum, view the presentation Introducing Health and Physical Education.

For F–10 curriculum area advice to support remote learning, see Curriculum advice for remote and flexible learning for this curriculum area.


Chris Clark
Curriculum Manager - Health and Physical Education
tel: + 61 3 9059 5315

Professional associations

Australian Council for Health and Physical Education and Recreation – Victorian Branch (ACHPER)

ACHPER is the Victorian teacher professional association who supports teachers of health, physical education, sport and outdoor education. ACHPER Victoria provides professional development, resources, advocacy and consultative services to support schools in relation to implementation of the Victorian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education. ACHPER Victoria conducts an annual conference in November each year as well as more targeted professional development to support the Victorian Curriculum.

Outdoors Victoria

Outdoors Victoria is the peak body for all Outdoor activities in Victoria. Outdoors Victoria advocates and supports outdoor learning as an important method of teaching, from the early years right through to  tertiary level. They have been involved in specifically supporting teachers running year 11 & 12 VCE outdoor education and environmental studies, as well as university & TAFE professionals.

Outdoors Victoria support the people and organisations dedicated to facilitating sustainable, respectful outdoors experiences and provide professional learning for teachers, educators and students within the Outdoor Education sector.

Home Economics Victoria

Home Economics Victoria supports teachers of home economics, health and design and technologies. Home Economics Victoria provides professional learning, curriculum resources, publications, advocacy and consultancy. Home Economics Victoria conducts an annual conference in November each year as well as specific professional development to support the Victorian Curriculum.

External resources

Department of Education and Training

The Department of Education and Training have a range of resources available to support the teaching of many topics relevant to Health and Physical Education. These include:

Bully Stoppers

Drug Education

Respectful Relationships

Sexuality Education

School Swimming and Water Safety Toolkit

Note: These Department of Education and Training Resources provide evidence-based support for teaching in the Health and Physical Education curriculum area and are progressively being mapped to the Victorian Curriculum F–10.

TransformUs: Promoting learning through movement, inside and outside of the classroom     

This world-first program developed by the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin University, is designed to re-frame the way children learn by moving more and sitting less. TransformUs can help primary schools improve student; mental health and wellbeing, engagement, academic outcomes and physical literacy, while helping to meet Government physical activity policy targets. The program has been developed with the Victorian primary school curriculum in mind and provides free online professional development, full lesson plans, short videos and other supporting resources to all Victorian teachers and school leaders who register.