Learning resources


In this section, you can explore curriculum-aligned resources which relate to the cross-curriculum priority: sustainability. To further understand the key concepts, organising ideas and links between learning areas and subjects, visit the Australian Curriculum website.

The Resource Portal on the Getting started with Sustainability in Schools website contains classroom-ready resources for students in Years Prep to 10 and covers all learning areas and subjects. Current resources are based on the Australian Curriculum Version 8.4.

To learn about the environment, water and waste in your area, visit the Local Government Directory website. Use the map to select your location or choose your Local Government Authority and navigate to the relevant website.

Sustainability resources

These websites provide users with a broad range of learning resources.

CSIRO Sustainable Futures
Provides free education resources and professional development to support the teaching of sustainability and climate science.

Cool Australia
A range of curriculum-linked resources arranged by year level and topic (energy, water, waste, etc.) for Years Prep to 10. Registration is required to access some content.

ABC Education
Offering a range of curriculum-linked programs and podcasts related to sustainability.

Conservation and Sustainability activity book (PDF, 6.7MB)
This book has been produced by the Department of Environment and Science for students to learn about Queensland science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals working in conservation and sustainability.

Two young students and a teacher standing in front of a garden bed watering yellow flowersOur schools across Queensland obtain water using a range of methods. These include: dams, rivers, bores, town supply, rain water tanks and carted water. This water is used for human consumption, canteens, outside of school care, cleaning, grounds, pools, sewerage, green houses and aquariums. Additionally, some schools have on-site wastewater treatment plants that supply water for irrigation of ovals.

The Australian Curriculum provides opportunities for water education across all year levels, learning areas and cross-curriculum priorities.

Learning resources

A Queensland Government initiative which aims to educate Queenslanders about water and its conservation. It provides curriculum-aligned educational resources for schools such as lesson plans and activities.

Australian Government Water website
Provides information related to the sustainable management of Australia's water supply for industry, the environment and communities.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Provides curriculum linked resources for Years Prep to 12, including units of work, videos, virtual learning experiences and toolkits (login required to access some areas).

Queensland Urban Utilities
Provides education resources such as activity sheets, videos, games, a Water Warriors incursion, Beneath the Streets curriculum-aligned workshops and a school water conservation program.

Murray Darling Basin
Teaches students about Australia's largest river system.

South East Queensland Healthy Waterways
A collaborative partnership between the Queensland Government, local councils, community organisations, industry and research groups that has a commitment to improving the health of South East Queensland waterways through effective catchment management strategies, community education and programs monitoring ecosystem health.

Last updated 14 February 2024