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GTA NSW 2015 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 2015 Membership form.

Latest issue of GTA's Geography Bulletin

Geography BulletinArticles in the latest issue include:

  • Editorial
  • Feedback around the draft K–10 Geography syllabus for BOSTES. September 2014
  • ‘The desert always menaces’ Desertification: Science, conservation, discourse, narratives, paradigms and visions
  • Desertification and environmental geography
  • Desertification and the social sciences
  • Assessment for Learning in the Geography classroom – Can we bring about change to reflect evidence based practice?
  • Resource: FastTracking the Future Education Program
  • Geography Fieldwork Competition information
  • Benefits of GTA NSW Membership
  • Advice to Contributors

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

Geographical Education

The latest issue of Geographical Education Geographical Education Volume 27, 2014 includes

  • the Chair of Director’s Annual Report
  • two reports related to the Review of the Australian Curriculum: Geography
    • Submission to the Review of the Australian Curriculum Submitted by the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association Limited from Dr Grant Kleeman and
    • Comments on the recommendations relating to geography in the Review of the Australian Curriculum by Associate Professor Alaric Maude
  • four peer reviewed articles:
    • Sustainability in the Australian Curriculum: Geography by Associate Professor Alaric Maude;
    • Investigating the impacts of global education curriculum on the values and attitudes of secondary students by Dr John DeNobile, Dr Grant Kleeman and Ms Anastasia Zarkos;
    • Post-primary education and energy literacy: An analysis of the potential for geography curricula to contribute to Australian students’ energy literacy by Mr Brad Maddock and Dr Jeana Kriewaldt; and,
    • Interested and influential: the role of a professional association in the development of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography by Ms Susan Caldis
  • Book reviews

Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia now available

GeographiaThe December 2014 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include

  • AGTA members
  • Curriculum review
  • AGTA conference
  • AGTA website
  • AAAE membership
  • Teaching resources
  • Thinking geographically
  • Big Week Out
  • GeogSpace
  • National competition
  • Geography Olympiad
  • Around the affiliates

GTA NSW Annual Conference presentationsGTA NSW Annual Conference presentations

Videos of the keynote addresses presented at the GTA NSW conference on Tuesday 5 August 2014 are now available for viewing. You must log in to the members section to access the videos.



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

Forthcoming events

AGTA Conference, January 2015

New Zealand is a great education resource right on our doorstep where we can bring earth science alive to our students.
Call it your classroom in the great outdoors... for Geography - Earth Sciences - Conservation & Environmental Science - Sustainable Tourism - Farming & Agricultural - Indigenous studies and more...

Relative to Australia, all these experiences are contained within a small area that is easily travelled over in a short time. So much can be packed into the time when an organised tour takes the group efficiently from one venue to the next. This professional development conference will address the new Australian Geography Curriculum and help you implement new resources into your classrooms for interactive lessons.

>> Download the conference latest flyer

>> View AGTA 2015 conference details  including resource papers demonstrating the links New Zealand provides to the teaching of the Australian Curriculum: Geography.

>> Register for the AGTA 2015 Conference

Commonwealth Class

Commonwealth Class is an initiative for schools from the British Council, BBC and Commonwealth Secretariat, and is delivered in Australia by the Australian Federation of Societies for Studies in Society and Environment (AFSSSE.

The British Council is developing a far-reaching partnership with the BBC, Commonwealth Secretariat and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to create a global legacy programme for school pupils, teachers and broadcast audiences. Schools across the Commonwealth will take part in an interactive project to explore Commonwealth values, the contemporary Commonwealth and links between sport, health, inclusion and gender issues (“sport and development”), inspiring pupils and enriching their education through international dialogue, titled the “Commonwealth Class”.

Commonwealth Class will enable more than 100,000 schools across the Commonwealth to access themed learning resources, take part in online exchanges and forums, and work on collaborative projects in cross-Commonwealth teams. Australia, as host of the 2018 Games, has been identified as one of the priority countries within the Commonwealth, alongside 11 others.

>> Further information on Commonwealth Class can be found at and

School resources available

Hard copy Commonwealth Class Education Packs are still available for schools and teachers. As outlined above the resources can aid in the development of classroom activities and lessons to inspire young students to learn about other Commonwealth countries and to be a global citizen!

If you would like a hardcopy resource please email the Program Manager (Michelle Campbell — Email: with your name, address and how many copies you would like posted.

Geographical Education v26, 2013 Geographical Education available online

The most recent issue of AGTA's refereed journal Geographical Education is available for download. (Note: The 2014 issue will be available shortly.) This outstanding professional resource includes the following articles:

  • World Views, A Story About how the World Works: Their Significance in the Australian Curriculum: Geography — Nick Hutchinson
  • Who Hung the Humanities — David Lambert
  • Introducing National Curriculum Geography to Australia’s Primary Schools: Lessons from England’s Experience — Simon Catling
  • Building Geography’s New Frontier: Implementing the Australian Curriculum Geography — Ken Purnell

The journal also includes reports and book reviews that will be of great interest to geography teachers.

Free video conference for students with Antarctica Expedition scientist

The National Film and Sound Archive is offering a unique opportunity for students to engage, via video conference, with a scientist, Professor Chris Turney, who will head off to Antarctica next month to retrace the steps of the Mawson expedition, a century ago. Two sessions are available: 
10am - 11am Thursday Nov 14 (for year 5 & 6 students) 
11.30am - 12.30pm Thursday Nov 14 (for year 9 & 10 students) 
The video conference is free and relevant to HSIE (Geography and History) and Geography (secondary) syllabuses. This will be a great opportunity for students to discover more about Mawson, Antarctica and expeditions.
You will need standard based video conferencing equipment such Polycom (or similar). Please send an email before 28 October 2013 if you are interested in participating to

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

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]

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.

Special Offer!

All books can be purchased from the GTAV for only $5.00 per book.

Australian Curriculum: Geography resources

A collection of resources prepared by Lorraine Chaffer to support each secondary school year level is available from this website's Resources page.

GTA NSW members' section

The members' section of this website is now open. All members must first register and after verification of their current financial status will be sent a username (email address provided during registration) and a password. Verification may take a short period of time, especially during holiday periods, so your understanding will be appreciated.

>> The latest issue of the Geography Bulletin is now online.

HSC Student lectures 2013

Once again this year, the GTA has organised lectures for HSC Geography students. The presenters are experienced educators and HSC markers. The sessions cover: Ecosystems at Risk, Urban Places, People and Economic Activity and Skills in Geography.

>> Further details

Exposed to the elements: Photo competition

Photograph the essence of earth science in Australia 2013. Earth science is all around us. Many of us barely notice it influencing our daily lives. Top GeoShot is an annual competition taking place in the lead-up to Earth Science Week. To participate, take and submit a photograph that captures the essence of earth science. Fill out the entry form and submit your entry by email. Winners receive a professionally framed enlargement of their image.

Closing date: 23 September 2013

Email your entry form and images to:
or contact us at:
Top GeoShot
Education Centre,
Geoscience Australia
GPO Box 378, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Phone: 02 6249 9673

>> Further details and entry form

HSC Exam review lectures

The annual HSC review lectures were held in Newcastle (19 February 2013) , Sydney (26 February 2013) and Wollongong (5 March 2013). Presentations made at the lectures can be accessed below.

>> Questions 1–22
>> Question 23
>> Question 24
>> Question 25 (Note: 20.7 Mb)
>> Question 26
>> Question 27

GeogSpace website launched 

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).

New Resource from AGTA: 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
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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

Conservation: Living in harmony

Details about the Conservation: Living in harmony supplement to be published by the Herald Education are now available. Subscription to the Conservation: Living in Harmony will include:

  • Class sets of the supplement - 30 print copies each Monday, March 19 & 26;
  • Class sets of The Sydney Morning Herald Digital Edition – 30 logins emailed to the school on March 16.

The population debate

A special issue of Geographical Research looks at the population debate in Australia, a debate mirrored in many other nations around the globe. The special issue has a strong policy focus, and demonstrates how political argument can be interwoven with academic analysis to produce not just an idea for action but an accompanying motivation for aggressive implementation.

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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