If this weren't bad enough, teacher's University 4 year Bachelor of Education degree also didn't teach them phonics, grammar & punctuation.
I don't want to be overly cynical, but the Report of the US National Reading Panel made the same recommendations 14 years ago, the Australian Literacy Inquiry and the UK Rose Report made the same recommendations 9 years ago and nothing changed for Australian students.
While the Review is a good thing, nothing will change unless there is massive re-training of existing classroom teachers and no one is saying much about that.
Review of the Australian CurriculumRecommendations
The Australian Curriculum: English should be revised to place greater emphasis on a more structured and systematic phonics and phonemic awareness approach during the early years of reading.
http://docs.education.gov.au/system/fil ... report.pdf
Further information on the Review of the Australian Curriculum can be found on the Strengthening the Australian Curriculum website (http://www.studentsfirst.gov.au/strengt ... curriculum).