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 i​n 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.

Four teenage students kneeling on a rocky shore in front of a quadrant sampling square.

Biodiversity is the variety of all life forms on earth—the different plants, animals and micro-organisms—and the ecosystems of which they are a part. Queensland is Australia's most naturally diverse state with 70% of Australia's mammals, 80% of its native birds and more than 50% of its native reptile, frogs and plant species. Our schools and Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres are located in rainforests, savannahs, rangelands, dry tropics, wetlands and coastal environments.

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

Learning resou​​rces

Queensland Government Biodiversity
Contains information about animals, plants, wildlife habitats and much more.

Conservation of Australia's biodiversity
Produced by the Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy and Environment and Water, this website provides users with information about the national ​​​frameworks for Australia's strategies to manage nature, biodiversity conservation and threatened species.

CSIRO Biodiversity
Contains the latest information about Australia's plant, animal and marine biodiversity, and environmental monitoring programs.

Atlas of Living Australia
A collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it freely available and usable online. Plants and animals may be searched by name or location and maps show recorded sightings.

Birdlife Australia
A national organisation that is dedicated to the conservation of Australia's native birds and their habitats. Birdlife Australia's website has a number of educational resources and links.

Earthwatch Australia
Offers training, expeditions, information and resources for students and teachers to engage with and learn about the natural world.

Tangalooma EcoMarines
Offers conservation programs for students and teachers and opportunities to network with other schools, connect with local businesses and learn from Traditional Custodians and industry experts.​

Last updated 11 April 2023