In a complete change from what was taught in the past, more phonics will be taught in Australian schools. According to the Australian Curriculum website,
“The presence of phonics and phonemic awareness in the Australian Curriculum: English has been increased. The sound and letter knowledge sub-strand of the language strand has been strengthened and renamed phonics and word knowledge, comprising three threads: phonological and phonemic awareness, alphabet and phonic knowledge, and spelling. The content on the Australian Curriculum website has been revised to support these changes; the glossary has expanded to include all relevant terms.”
Does that mean phonics is taking over completely?
Apparently not. Teaching reading is best done using a combination of techniques, with phonics being only one.