The team at Reading Australia are passionate about supporting teachers of English in their abilities to pass on a love and appreciation for books by Aussie creators to new generations. We want to make it easy for teachers to choose Australian books to expose their students to, and so we create resources to make this possible.
Sometimes teachers don’t have as much flexibility as they would like in making text selection decisions; for example, senior secondary teachers who must choose texts from prescribed lists.
There are only three sets of prescribed reading lists for English across Australia: the HSC English in NSW, VCE English in Victoria, and Extension English in Tasmania. We have identified which books on these lists have Reading Australia resources and compiled them into our own lists below.
HSC text list
The Australian titles on the HSC prescribed list include Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler and Away by Michael Gow, both considered classic plays that shaped the definition of an Australian drama. There’s memoir on the list with Raimond Gaita’s Romulus, My Father, and poetry with a collection by Rosemary Dobson. You’ll also find on the list Stasiland by Anna Funder, Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch, Tirra Lirra by the River by Jessica Anderson, Journey to the Stone Country by Alex Miller and Cloudstreet by Tim Winton.
VCE text list
The VCE list shares two Australian titles with the HSC list – Tim Winton’s modern-classic novel, Cloudstreet, that chronicles the lives of two WA families over a period of 20 years; and Anna Funder’s Stasiland, the non-fiction account of the people who lived under, worked for and resisted the Stasi police in East Germany. Also on the list is Robyn Davidson’s memoir, Tracks, and Jack Davis’ play, No Sugar.
Tasmanian Extension English text list
Tasmanian-born Richard Flanagan is represented on the Tasmanian prescribed list with his award-winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. The list also encourages you to travel beyond Tassie to Western Australia in Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance, and then to North Queensland in Chloe Hooper’s non-fiction text, The Tall Man. Last resource on this list is an essay on the masterfully structured play, Speaking in Tongues by Andrew Bovell.