Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia

What is it and where do I begin?

Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia has been identified by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) as a cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum and Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline.

This cross-curriculum priority provides rich, engaging and diverse contexts in which students make and respond to artworks and explore their related cultural and social significance.

Students can connect with the Asia region through a variety of art forms, media, instruments and technologies in order to discover the intrinsic value artworks and artists’ practices, as well as their place and value within broader social, cultural, historical and political contexts.

In the context of this cross-curriculum priority, where and what is Asia?

The Australian Curriculum defines Asia as follows:

Asia can be defined in geographical terms, but it can also be described in terms of cultural, religious, historical and language boundaries or commonalities.

While it includes West and Central Asia, in Australian schools, studies of Asia will pay particular attention to the sub-regions of:
  • North-East Asia, including China, Mongolia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan
  • South-East Asia, including Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, East Timor, the Philippines and Cambodia
  • South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
This portal should not be considered the definitive resource for information about Asian arts and culture. Educators and artists can use the content provided here as a starting point for further research and/or to inform the development of activities in schools.
For the Western Australian context, educators should consult the School Curriculum and Standards Authority's website
Portal chapters:
If you are an Asian artist or arts and cultural organisation, or non-Asian artist who has worked or been influenced by the region and would like to be profiled through this portal, contact ArtsEdge at .

To find out what arts and cultural education events are currently being provided in Western Australia, visit ‘What’s On’.
Invite an artist or organisation to be artists-in-residence in your school. Find an artist here.
National online education resource portals and general information:
Perth, Western Australia sister city relationships:
The Western Australian State Government, through the Department of State Development, coordinates a Sister State relationships program. This is a different program to the Sister City relationships facilitated by Local Government.
The Western Australian State Government's Sister State relationships in Asia are:

Western Australia and Singapore also have very strong economic bonds and Perth is a popular study, tourism and migration destination for Singaporeans.

Western Australia curriculum information:
Professional learning for Western Australian teachers:
Teachers in need of assistance designing curriculum that embeds the Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority, or who are grappling with making connections between the Asia priority and the Intercultural Understanding capability and would like some assistance with network planning and links to other initiatives such as literacy, can contact Ms Pamela Stewart, Principal Consultant, Department of Education (Monday-Thursday).
Ms Pamela Stewart
Tel: +61 (08) 9402 6258
Mobile: +61 0439693853
Professional teacher associations:
Additional associations are listed in each portal chapter where relevant.
Image: Taiko Drummers, The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere - Next Wave Festival, Melbourne 2012. Photograph by Tahlia Palmer; courtesy of Abdul Abdullah, Nathan Beard and Casey Ayres.

Details provided on this site about artists and organisations outside the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries do not constitute an endorsement of those artists or organisations or their programs, products or services. School communities are responsible for making their own assessment of these artists or organisations in accordance with relevant Department of Education policies, procedures and guidelines. Users should seek professional and specialised advice for their individual situations.