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Civics and citizenship / Year 9 / Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy

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Curriculum content descriptions

The role of political parties and independent representatives in Australia’s system of government, including the formation of governments (ACHCK075)

Elaborations
  • investigating how the contemporary party system operates in Australia’s liberal democracy and how governments are formed in parliament
  • discussing the meaning of key concepts such as parliamentary majority, the opposition, hung parliament, minority government
  • exploring the role of the Senate and state upper Houses, and the balance of power in these Houses
General capabilities
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Legitimacy (Political power),  Political parties,  Balance of power

Interactive Resource

Be the change

This is an interactive about becoming an effective agent of change through civic action in a local community. Users learn a number of practical ways to take democratic action on issues. The context is an abandoned block of land located in an area with a range of issues, such as youth unemployment and environment concerns. ...

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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.

Collection

Election time

There are significant differences in the political systems of Australia and the US. Australia's system is inherited from the UK whereas the US one grew out of its 1789 Constitution. How else are the two parliamentary systems different?

Teacher resource

Make a law: Senate

Discover how bills—proposed laws—are introduced, debated and voted on in the Senate by turning your class into a Parliament and doing it yourself! This lesson plan outlines the steps to run a role play in the classroom and includes a video illustrating the process, teacher notes, class preparation and plans for making the ...

Teacher resource

Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum Year 9 unit of work

This unit of work explores key concepts relating to Australia's federal Parliament in particular the key question 'What influences shape the operation of Australia’s political system?' It contains lessons and a differentiated assessment item with a marking rubric.

Moving Image

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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NSW Governor Marie Bashir – 2010 speech to students

This resource is a YouTube playlist containing a series of videos from a speech the NSW Governor Marie Bashir gave to senior high school students at Government House in 2010. She speaks on a range of topics, including the Australian system of government, the history of Australia and NSW, and her life. She also answers student ...

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Australian political parties

This resource is a website about political parties and their role and functions within Australian parliamentary democracy. It focuses on the origins and values of the major political parties in Australia and the ways in which they work. It has links to the websites of each of the main parties, a glossary of relevant terms ...

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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).