Victorian Modern Cursive is used in Victoria (VIC), Northern Territory (NT) and some parts of Western Australia (WA). The typeface family is published by the Victoria State Government of Education and Training, and is based on and introduced in their own publication, The Teaching of Handwriting, which was first published in 1985, and revised in 2002.
It is a progressive system of handwriting similar to Tom Gourdie’s Simple Modern Hand, which starts with unjoined letters, followed by joined ones, and finally letters that have speed loops.
Students begin learning handwriting in their Foundation year (5–6 years old) starting with letter formation patterns, and unjoined uppercase and lowercase letters, progressing through the years to joined letters, and achieving a legible and fluent personal handwriting in Year 7 (12–13 years old).
Lowercase letters have a slanted oval foundation shape, and extenders that are as tall as the x-height. In cursive writing, the style is semi-joined at first, but becomes fully-joined with speed loops. Notably, when joined writing is introduced, letters like g, j, q, y and z are first taught without linking on the right, and they join the following letter only when writing is done with speed loops. The uppercase letters have unjoined, simplified print forms.