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GTA NSW Annual  Conference 2017GTA NSW Annual Conference 2017

Theme: Collaborate, Inspire and Learn

Presentations from the 2017 GTA NSW Annual Conference are available to GTA members and delegates who attended the conference.

>> GTA NSW Conference delegates access Masterclasses were videotaped and are available to those who attended the conference using this link for conference delegates. (Username and password provided by the GTA NSW office)
>> GTA NSW members must login to access (Personal GTA NSW username and password)

Latest issue of GTA's Geography Bulletin

Geography BulletinArticles in the latest issue include:

  • Editorial — Lorraine Chaffer
  • GTA NSW 2017 Conference Feedback — Tiffeny Cox
  • Reflections on Geography in Schools — Dr Don Biddle
  • Belated 80th Birthday GTANSW — Lorraine Chaffer
  • Dark Emu: A fresh insight into Aboriginal landuse in Australia — Bruce Pascoe
  • Management: A river is a “person” — Dr Susan Bliss
  • Where is the “G” in STEM? Exploring opportunities for Geography and STEM — Louise Swanson
  • Place and Liveability: Some teaching ideas — Lorraine Chaffer
  • GTANSW Award recipients
    • 2016 HSC Geography High Achievers
    • 2016 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork Competition
    • GTA NSW Life Membership
    • 2016 Geoff Conolly
  • Primary Geography: Place based learning
  • Visual Literacy — Dr Susan Bliss
  • Advice to contributors

>> GTA member access to the latest issue of the Geography Bulletin

Forthcoming events

Details of the professional learning events to be held in 2017 will be published here when available.

GTA NSW 2017 membership

Renew your GTA NSW membership now to ensure continuity of membership and access to new and back issues of the Geography Bulletin.

>> Download a 2017 Membership form

Arthur Phillip Awards 2016: Geography Fieldwork Competition

The Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW (GTA NSW) organises an annual competition for students and schools to foster an enthusiasm for Geography through engagement and rewards. The emphasis of the competition is fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic inquiry based research in Geography.
The competition is open to all primary and secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW.

All the categories of the competition are based on the research action plan outlined on page 17 of the Years 7–10 Geography syllabus and the K–6 Geography syllabus for 2016. In 2017 the categories will be based on the new K–10 Geography syllabus. The steps of this research plan have also been applied to the senior Geography course for the purposes of this competition and fit neatly with the Senior Geography Project.

>> Download competition brochure and registration form

Past Fieldwork Award winners: GTANSW Geography Bulletin

2015 :: 2014 :: 2013 :: 2012 :: 2011

NSW Geography Syllabus

GTANSW are delighted to announce that BOSTES released the new K-10 Geography syllabus on 13 July 2015. Please see the links below for further information about implementation timelines and detail of the syllabus:

2016: Familiarisation and planning, optional to teach K-6
2017: Start teaching K-6, Years 7 and 9
2018: Start teaching Years 8 and 10

The following links provide further details.

News and Resources from AGTA

Geography Skills UnlockedAGTA Announces an Essential New Geography Resource

Geography Skills Unlocked is an exciting new skills book for Australian secondary schools.

Key features:

  • Contents aligned to the inquiry and skills-based requirements of Australian Curriculum: Geography
  • An engaging, easy to navigate design
  • A student friendly approach with step-by-step explanations, descriptions and worked examples
  • A focus on emerging technologies used to gather, analyse and present geographical data
  • GeoSkills and GeoInquiry activities that scaffold student learning
  • A wealth of stimulus material including a diverse range of maps, graphs, aerial photographs, satellite images, diagrams and photographs
  • Examples drawn from each Australian state and territory with additional international material
  • Key terms explained in embedded glossary boxes

Geography Skills Unlocked is published by the Australian Geography Teachers Association and written by a team of experienced Geography teachers.

>> Download brochure and order form
>> Download Answers to Geography Skills Unlocked Questions (81.2MB PDF)

Geographical EducationGeographical Education

The latest issue of Geographical Education Volume 29, 2016 includes

  • Chair of Director’s Annual Report from Dr Grant Kleeman
  • Field ‘Work’ Vs ‘Feel’ Trip: Approaches to Out-of-Class Experiences in Geography Education by Dr Lou Preston
  • Landscapes Both Invite and Defy Definition by Nick Hutchinson
  • Investigating The Extent to Which Student-Led Inquiry is Supported By Fieldwork Booklet Design by Aaron Bermingham
  • A Case Study of Progressing Geography Fieldwork Skills Over Years 7–10 by Julian Woolhouse
  • Book reviews


Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia

GeographiaThe February 2017 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include

  • Australian Geography Competition to 2016 International Geography Olympiad, Beijing, China
  • AAAE Update
  • Geography and Careers Options
  • Around the Affiliates


Being a Citizen

Being a CitizenA new innovative product to help teachers provide opportunities for students to explore the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship.

Content of the 'Being a citizen' resource:

  • Links to civics and citizenship teaching materials.
  • Political mapping classroom activities.
  • Social Issues worksheets and processes.
  • GIS and political mapping activities
  • Links to curriculum documents and teaching materials on civics and citizenship.
  • Professional reading links on civics and citizenship education.

>> Brochure

Australian orders: AUD$99.00 postage & GST included
International orders: AUD$109.00 postage included

>> Purchase using Visa/MasterCard or PayPal
>> Purchase using Australian school order

Thinking Geographically DVD

Thinking Geographically DVDA ready-to-go professional development resource from the Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) to support teachers to become familiar with geographical thinking when using the F-10 Australian Curriculum: Geography. The DVD contains:

  • geographical thinking examples, exercises and articles
  • over 50 Thinkpieces on geography (thought provoking articles on geographical education in schools)
  • curriculum planning and assessment processes and templates
  • 100s of direct links to Internet sites to support geographical thinking and the teaching of geography
  • presentations and video resource links to support professional learning.

>> Brochure

Australian orders: AUD$99.00 Postage & GST included
International orders: AUD$109.00 postage included

>> Purchase using Visa/MasterCard or PayPal
>> Purchase using Australian school purchase order form

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVD

An outstanding collection of teaching resources from the Australian Geography Teachers Association includes spatial technologies/GIS units. The DVD contains:

  • articles and resources on 21st century Geography
  • GIS skills development, GIS in Physical Geography and Historical GIS books – course processes and activities with geographical data
  • 21st Century Internet sites
  • technology in the geography classroom articles, internet sites and resources
  • inquiry project design and work samples.

Australian orders: AUD$95.00 including GST and postage
>> Purchase
>> Brochure

Geography Teaching resources

Discover BarangarooDiscover Barangaroo Learning Portal

Lend Lease has developed an online educational resource called Discover Barangaroo, which provides an in-depth case study about the $6 billion urban regeneration project, Barangaroo.

The case study has been tailored specifically to the Geography curriculum for Years 7-12. Students can study how changes in the technology of shipping and cargo handling initiated change in port-related land-uses over period of two hundred years and how these initiated the processes that ultimately contributed to urban decay. They can examine evolution of the plan to revitalise the precinct and the role played by government and the private sector in bringing about the process of urban renewal.

Concepts addressed include urban decline and renewal, urban consolidation, the dynamics of technological, economic and social and demographic change, and environmental and social sustainability. The site includes links to activity sheets, virtual fieldwork activities and teacher support materials. 

>> View two videos providing an overview and explanation of the Discover Barangaroo learning portal

>> You can access the site at:

Once you login (as a teacher) you can access the teacher support materials. The worksheets can be accessed from the site itself. Further information is available from

>> Download flyer with an outline of the site's features

Geospatial Skills 5 and 6

The GTAV's publications – Geospatial Skills Books 5 (Years 7 and 8) and 6 (Years 9 and 10) have been mapped to the Australian Curriculum: Geography.

Click here for the specific links to each of the new Geography units for every activity in these books. Highly relevant to each unit in Year 7–10, the price of these immensely successful books has been heavily discounted to help teachers resource the new Geography curriculum. Download the flyer and order here. All books can be purchased from the GTAV for only $5.00 per book.

Australian Curriculum: Geography resources

There are a number of curated pages that support the Australian Curriculum for Geography and NSW Geography K-10 syllabus. These can be found with a Google search or a search within the website. 

GeogSpace website  

The GeogSpace website provides materials to support primary and secondary teachers implement the Australian Curriculum: Geography. GeogSpace is an initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) supported by the resources of Education Services Australia (ESA).

CARE Australia’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s Toolkit

CARE Australia has developed a website which provides teachers with resources on a range of issues related to poverty and inequality. Topics include global poverty, education, health, women's empowerment, water and hygiene, food and nutrition, climate change and responding to emergencies.

Each topic includes teaching tools such as fast facts, videos, and stories designed to spark curiosity and enhance classroom discussion.

>> View CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s Toolkit website

Waste Not

Waste Not is an award winning (26 minutes) documentary film about the beauty of garbage.  It shows who keeps our big cities clean and sparkling, and where our garbage goes. Waste Not is also about the future – how a simple thing like recycling could reconfigure our whole society. On a planet with finite resources, zero waste could be the key to our survival.
>> View film trailer

Creating a new generation of planning professionals

Plan ShapersPlan Shapers is a new and exciting planning and community engagement educational resource developed by the Department of Planning & Environment. NSW is growing and Plan Shapers aims to engage school kids in how to accommodate that growth in metropolitan and regional NSW.

Through a suite of lesson plans, competitions and resources adapted for the current NSW school curriculum, Plan Shapers will engage young people in planning issues affecting the future of their local area and the wider community.

The PlanShapers program will kick off in Term 4 of 2014 with a competition for high school students. Challenges will include the redesign of a local open space. Prizes will be awarded for outstanding achievements and innovative entries. Teachers will be equipped with easy to access and understand online resources which will support the competition and the ongoing program, such as lessons aligned with the current NSW geography curriculum.

>> For further information, please contact or visit

Hot under the collar

"Climate change really shouldn’t be a political issue." Read what Linh Do, community co-ordinator with the Australian Conservation Foundation and Australian Geographic’s Young Conservationist of the Year has to say about climate change. [Published in the Sydney Morning Herald p35, 23 October 2013]

Sustainability Degrees

The University of New England is offering a number of interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate programs focusing on sustainability, environmental protection, consultancy and policy and planning.

>> Download further details

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