During March 2004, the VCAA organised a series of statewide forums to inform participants of the key elements of the proposed approach and to seek feedback to further inform the development of a consultation paper. The Deakin University Consultancy and Development Unit collated the responses from the discussion groups and this data was used to help shape the consultation paper.
The VCAA also hosted an invitational seminar, Towards a framework of essential learning, at the end of March 2004. The seminar brought together local, interstate and international education experts to highlight the latest thinking in education in order to develop a framework of essential learning that would engage, support and challenge Victorian students in the 21st century. Proceedings from the day can be found in the seminar report (PDF - 586KB).
In April 2004, the VCAA published the Victorian Curriculum Reform 2004 Consultation Paper (PDF - 1,019KB). This paper outlined the proposed approach to curriculum, standards and assessment for all Victorian schools and invited responses from stakeholders and schools.
The consultation process included a series of regional seminars attended by more than 800 curriculum leaders, over 30 consultations with principals and other key stakeholders, and focus groups of randomly selected parents. Deakin University also conducted an online questionnaire which enabled schools, teachers and other members of the educational community to provide feedback on the proposed changes. Findings from the consultation process can be found in Victorian Curriculum Reform 2004: Report on Consultation (PDF - 333KB).