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The roles and responsibilities of Australia‚Äôs three levels of government (ACHASSK144)

Elaborations
  • clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the three levels of government (local, state/territory and federal)
  • identifying issues where federal and state parliaments both have the power to make laws; recognising that federal law will override the state law if federal and state laws conflict on these issues
  • identifying instances where there may be multiple levels of government involved (for example, in relation to the environment such as management of the Murray-Darling river system)
General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Intergovernmental relations,  Local government,  National government,  State government

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Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum Year 6 Unit of Work

This unit of work explores aspects of the Curriculum that deal with key concepts relating to Australia's federal Parliament. The resource is divided into three sections which explore the key institutions of Australia's democratic system of government; the roles and responsibilities of the three levels of government; and ...

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Snapshots - three levels of government

This is a video explaining the three levels of government in Australia. It shows teachers and students the roles and responsibilities of each level of government. It is supported with a diagram that illustrates the process and a downloadable fact sheet.

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Role-play the Parliament: Senate video

This is a video of a law-making role-play in the Senate. This resource supports the year 6 Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. It shows teachers how to turn their classroom into the Senate chamber and how to role-play parts of the law-making process.

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Forming government and passing legislation: unit of work

This is a unit consisting of four extended lessons about how an Australian federal government is formed and how bills are passed in the Australian Parliament. The unit takes the form of an extended simulation in which students play the roles of members of the House of Representatives. As appropriate, they take part in the ...

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Role-play the Parliament: House of Representatives video

This is a video of a law-making role-play in the House of Representatives. This resource supports the year 6 Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. It shows teachers how to turn their classroom into the House of Representatives chamber and how to role-play parts of the law-making process.

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How many times am I represented? - unit of work

This is a short unit of work of two extended lessons about representation in Australian federal and state/territory parliaments. The unit aims to ensure that students realise there are similarities and differences in representation at each level and between the states and territories. The pedagogical approach is inquiry-based ...

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The people make a nation - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about how Australia became a federation and how its federal system of government works. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units and is organised around four focus questions explored through sequences of learning that include suggested student activities and assessment tasks. ...

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Local government: town hall detective - teacher resource

This is an information sheet for teachers about the importance of town halls. It has three main elements: the first identifies what town halls were and are used for; the second gives some historical background for the town halls in five state capitals; and the third suggests that students become heritage detectives. This ...

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Australian Constitution

This fact sheet summarises the key features of the Australian Constitution— the set of rules by which Australia is run—and how it can be changed.