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Latest issue of GTA's Geography Bulletin

Geography BulletinArticles in the latest issue include:

  • Editorial — Lorraine Chaffer
  • What’s happening in our school? — Kindergarten love geography and Unit of work – People Live in Places — Rebecca Pierpoint
  • School-based Fieldwork: Differentiating geography fieldwork to address students’ needs — Louise Swanson and Darika Pose
  • Studies of Canada for Geography 7–1: Canada: Beautiful, liveable, but vulnerable — Lorraine Chaffer
  • Year 7 Fieldwork: Investigating an environment — Grace Larobina
  • Environmental Change & Management: Invasive species in Australia’s aquatic environments — Lorraine Chaffer
  • Resources for Geography K–6
  • Benefits of GTA NSW membership
  • Advice to contributors

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

GTA NSW Annual Conference

The GTA NSW Annual conference was held on Thursday 7 April and Friday 8 April at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park. The following presentations are available for GTA members here.

  • High Possibility Classrooms by Dr Jane Hunter
  • ICT in the classroom by Clare Kinane
  • Making Geography more practical and engaging! by Cath Donnelly

Review of the 2015 HSC Geography Exam

The review of the 2015 HSC Geography Exam was held immediately after Day 1 of the GTANSW Annual Conference on 7 April 2016 at the Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park. A video link provides access for GTA members to the questions where speakers had agreed to be filmed.

Forthcoming events

AGTA 2017 ConferenceAGTA 2017 Conference

The AGTA 2017 conference will be held from 9-12 January 2017 at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne. The conference organisational arrangements are being undertaken by the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria.

Join the pre-conference tour to study the coastal geomorphology and volcanic landscapes of western Victoria, followed by the conference to be held in the beautiful Old Arts building at the University of Melbourne. You will hear leading international and national keynote speakers, participate in workshops and broaden your experience with fieldtrips in the Melbourne region.

Early bird registrations are now open! Register early to ensure you benefit from a significant discount and secure your place on the pre-conference study tour.

>> Register — payment by credit card or PayPal

>> Register — payment by authorised school purchase order

Keynote speakers announced

The organising committee has confirmed the following keynote speakers for this conference.

Dr Rachel CareyDr Rachel Carey — Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she researches sustainable food systems, food security and food production on Melbourne’s urban fringe. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Food Policy at City University, London.

Professor William CartwrightProfessor William Cartwright — Professor of Cartography in the School of Science at RMIT University. He joined the University after spending a number of years in both the government and private sectors of the mapping industry. His major research interests are the application of integrated media to cartography and the exploration of different approaches to the depiction of geographical information.

Professor David LambertProfessor David Lambert — Professor of Geography Education at the Institute of Education, University of London (IOE) and author of notable texts and papers in geographical education. He was a secondary school teacher for twelve years, becoming a deputy principal before being appointed full time chief executive of the Geographical Association in the United Kingdom.

Dr Michael SolemDr Michael Solem — Director of Educational Research and Programs for the American Association of Geographers, where he is principal investigator on several large-scale, federally funded projects spanning geography at all levels of education, focusing on professional development, internationalization, global education and teacher preparation.

Professor Bruce RasmussenProfessor Bruce Rasmussen — Director of Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES), Victoria University. His work has included reports for government on regional and urban economics, particularly the development of Melbourne and its constituent regions. His most recent work at VISES has been on the link between health and productivity and the economic returns to investment in health, for the US Chamber of Commerce, World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Fund.

Workshops and fieldtrips

Over forty outstanding workshops and eight field trips are included in the conference program.

Pre-Conference Fieldwork Study Tour

Four days/three nights incorporating the Great Ocean Road (coastal geomorphology), Western Districts (volcanic landscapes), Grampians (land conservation and tourism) and Narmbool (wind farms and agriculture near Ballarat).

>> Further details regarding the Pre-Conference Fieldwork Study Tour

GTA NSW 2016 membership

Renew your GTA NSW membership now to ensure continuity of membership and access to new and back issues of the Geography Bulletin. GTA NSW is currently making a special Primary Teachers’ GTANSW Membership available with two years membership for the price of one.

>> Download a 2016 Membership form
>> Download a Primary Teachers’ Special GTANSW Membership Offer

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

Details of the 2015 Arthur Phillip Award winners will be published here shortly.

GTA NSW 2014 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork: Prize Winners and Categories

>> Results of the GTA NSW 2014 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork: Prize Winners and Categories can be downloaded here.

The 2015 AGTA RoadshowThe 2015 AGTA Roadshow

Interpreting and implementing the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography / New NSW K–10 Geography Syllabus for ACT and NSW teachers professional learning days were held during November 2015. The speakers' presentations can be accessed below.

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

Geographical EducationGeographical Education

The latest issue of Geographical Education Volume 28, 2015 includes

  • two reports:
    • the Chair of Director’s Annual Report from Dr Grant Kleeman and
    • The Role of Adaptability in Tackling Climate and Environmental Challenges by Andrew J. Martin and Gregory Arief D. Liem
  • five articles:
    • What is Powerful Knowledge and Can It Be Found in the Australian Geography Curriculum? by Alaric Maude
    • Working with Students’ Ideas in Physical Geography: A Model of Knowledge Development and Applicationby Rod Lane and Pamela Coutts
    • The Place of Place-Based Education in the Australian Primary Geography Curriculum by Lou Preston
    • The Australian Geography Competition: An Overview of Participation and Results 2004–2013 by Iraphne R.W. Childs and Kathryn Berg
    • A Note On the Status of Geography Teachers in Indian Schools by Sarfaraz Alam
  • Book reviews

Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia

GeographiaThe March 2016 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include

  • AGTA members
  • AGTA website
  • AC Professional Learning
  • Geogspace
  • AFSSSE/ Aust. Curriculum
  • National Committee
  • AGTA Awards
  • Free resources
  • Geography Education
  • Competition
  • AGTA Conference
  • 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

Global Education Project resourcesFree geography resources

Individual and multiple class sets of excellent resources produced by the Global Education Project are currently available – while stocks last. These resources are relevant to primary and secondary Geography courses across Australia. Resources ordered will be available for collection from the GTAV Office in Camberwell South, Victoria. If not collected, there will be a postage and handling fee for each delivery.

A number of these resources are also available at the Global Education website as free downloads –

>> Further details and order form



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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