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Humanities and social sciences / Year 6 / Knowledge and Understanding / History

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Curriculum content descriptions

The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation (ACHASSK137)

Elaborations
  • examining population data that show the places of birth of Australia’s people at one or more points of time in the past and today
  • investigating the role of specific cultural groups in Australia’s economic and social development (for example, the cattle industry, the Snowy Mountains Scheme, the pearling industry)
  • considering notable individuals in Australian public life across a range of fields (for example, the arts, science, sport, education), including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, a range of cultural and social groups, and women and men drawn from the National Living Treasures list, the Australian Dictionary of Biography or the Australian Honours lists)
  • considering the contribution of groups and organisations in the development of Australia in the twentieth century (for example, the CSIRO, environmental action groups, farming cooperatives)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
ScOT terms

Aboriginal history,  Torres Strait Islander history,  Australian history,  Migration,  Active citizenship

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Australia's first Aboriginal member of parliament

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The Larrakia land rights petition

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