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Humanities and social sciences / Year 6 / Knowledge and Understanding / Civics and citizenship

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Curriculum content descriptions

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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Fact sheet: the roles and responsibilities of the three levels of government

This fact sheet introduces the three levels of government in Australia: the federal—Australian—Parliament, state and territory parliaments, and local councils. It includes the roles and responsibilities of each level. It also includes the embedded video 'Snapshorts - Three levels of government.

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Three levels of government: governing Australia

In Australia the three levels of government work together to provide us with the services we need. This webpage provides a detailed explanation of the roles and responsibilities of each level, how they raise money and how they work together. Case studies show how the powers of the Australian Parliament have expanded.

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Government

This fact sheet explores the role and functions of the Australian Government, including who is in the government, how it is formed, minority government and the principle of responsible government.

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What Australia wants is alliance with Britain!

In this Movietone clip from the 1930s, former Prime Minister William 'Billy' Hughes argues that Australia must maintain 'unity and strength' with the British Empire.

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Federal Parliament history timeline

This interactive timeline explores key milestones in the history of Australia's Parliament that led to federation and how the work of Parliament has influenced Australian democratic development since 1901. The timeline allows users to explore the milestones chronologically or follow thematic trails. Selected milestones ...

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Truck presented to Salvation Army, outside Brunswick Town Hall, c1942

This is a sepia photograph showing a Salvation Army Chevrolet truck with loudspeaker, presented by the City of Brunswick Patriotic Fund to the Salvation Army in about 1942. A man in Salvation Army uniform and a man in a suit stand in front of the truck. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Queen Victoria diamond jubilee medal issued by the Shire of Traralgon, 1897

This is a gilt medal issued by the Shire of Traralgon to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. The obverse features busts of a young and old Queen Victoria, and is inscribed: 'QUEEN VICTORIA'S 60TH YEAR OF REIGN / 1837 TO 1897'. The reverse has an image of the Traralgon Shire Hall with the inscription: 'SHIRE ...

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City of Melbourne coat of arms medallion from the Eastern Market, 1879

This is a cast-iron medallion of the coat of arms or emblem of the City of Melbourne. This medallion came from the council's Eastern Market, which was opened at the corner of Bourke and Exhibition streets in December 1879. The coat of arms medallion was repeated in the spandrel panels of the cast-iron columns of the market ...

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Tour of NSW Government House

This resource is a YouTube playlist containing a series of videos taken as a group of senior high school students are given a guided tour of NSW Government House in 2010. The tour covers primary sources such as architecture, furniture and images significant to the history of Australia and NSW.

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Dame Enid Lyons: a pioneer for women in parliament

What would it be like to be one of only two women in an Australian parliament dominated by men? That was the situation in 1943 when Dame Enid Lyons entered the House of Representatives and Dorothy Tangney entered the Senate. Find out what Lyons said about this at the end of her career in 1951.Then listen to an excerpt from ...

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Why did civilisations expand?

This short video offers an overview of why civilisations expanded, by looking at the past for commonalities and patterns. The need to expand is one such pattern with massive empires growing then collapsing. Expansion was necessary to pay for increasing infrastructure, government and the military, and internal resources ...

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Certificate presented by the Borough of Wangaratta, 1901

This is a coloured certificate that was produced by the Borough of Wangaratta. It features two female figures: Australia on the left facing Britannia on the right. There are black-and-white images of Queen Victoria and Wangaratta State School. Printed on the certificate is the following: 'AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH / ADVANCE ...

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Ministers and shadow ministers

This fact sheet investigates the work of ministers (members of the Australian Government with special responsibilities) and shadow ministers (members of the opposition who closely examine the work of the government).

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Cabinet

Cabinet is the top-level decision-making group within the Australian Government. Find out more about who is in Cabinet and how it works with this fact sheet.

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The Westminster system and borrowed traditions

Annabel Crabb explains the interesting traditions that the Parliament of Australia has borrowed from the parliament of Westminster in the United Kingdom. Who is Black Rod, and what is a serjeant-at-arms? What is the Mace, and why is a hood placed over it when entering the presence of the Governor-General? And why would ...

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Ottoman Empire (1301-1922)

This resource is about the rise and fall of the Islamic Ottoman Empire. It includes text and some images. The resource is organised under eight topic headings: Introduction; Why was the Empire successful?; Constantinople; Other religions; Sultan and court; Suleiman – a golden age; Decline; and Find out more. The images ...

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Britain's empire in 1815

This resource is about the British Empire after the defeat of Napoleon as Britain emerged dominant among the European great powers and was recognised as one of the world's great imperial powers. It shows through a series of maps the extent of the British Empire in 1815, with three disparate parts: North America, the eastern ...