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Curriculum content descriptions

How and why individuals and groups, including religious groups, participate in and contribute to civic life  (ACHCK079)

Elaborations
  • researching the work of a non-government organisation (NGO), philanthropist, community group or religious group and how and why they contribute to the Australian community
  • exploring the concept of ‘the common good’ using examples of how religious groups participate to foster interfaith understanding or social justice
  • investigating why a particular group advocates for change (for example, in relation to gender equity)
  • exploring the various ways that individuals can contribute to civic life (for example, by volunteering their services to charities and service groups, becoming a Justice of the Peace, making submissions to public enquiries, attending public meetings, serving on local government bodies and providing voluntary help at schools and nursing homes)
  • discussing how the Australian Honours System recognises, celebrates and says thank you to those who make a difference and serve others
  • investigating how the Australian Honours System works, including the types of awards and how they are announced and presented
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Active citizenship,  Religious faiths,  Not-for-profit organisations

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. ...

Teacher resource

Citizenship: Let's talk recognition

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a 28-page pdf about citizenship learning, how citizenship is shaped by social and cultural forces, and how it relates to Reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Beginning with a historical summary and ...

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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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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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Why I got into politics

In this clip, ex-politicians explain how they got involved in politics and describe their experiences as members of parliament. They discuss the positives, such as having power to make change, and the negatives, such as being away from home a lot. They offer reasons why many Australians are disappointed with politicians.

Teacher resource

Giving it: resources for secondary schools

This series of resources explores the concept of philanthropy and considers why and how active citizens participate in communities. Student worksheets examine the concept of civic responsibility and explore the values underpinning the act of giving. Research activities encourage students to explore different community groups ...

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Difference Differently: student Q and A

This is a student resource thatpresents 14 diverse Australians answering questions related to cultural diversity and beliefs, via video or text. Each person is introduced in a short video and answers a selection of questions. They speak from a personal perspective but reflect various races, cultures and belief systems. ...

Teacher resource

Whose democracy? - unit of work

This is an extended sequence of lessons about the influence citizens can exert over government. The lessons focus on three topics: issues important to our class and the local community; the role of interest groups in Australia; and the role of interest groups in key issues in Australian history such as equal voting rights ...

Video

Charles Perkins: Freedom Ride, 1999

This video clip outlines how Charles Perkins’ involvement in the Freedom Ride through rural New South Wales in the early 1960s played a crucial role in demonstrating that Aboriginal people could begin to stand up for themselves. 'Charles Perkins: Freedom Ride' is an excerpt from the program 'Charles Perkins' (26 min), an ...

Interactive Resource

Video challenge

This is an interactive resource about taking positive action in the community. Students see: how Oskar Schindler made a difference to the lives of Holocaust survivors; how Kurt Messerschmidt made a difficult choice during the Kristallnacht Pogrom of 1938; and how students today got started on community action and what they ...

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Aboriginal Welcome to Country and other protocols explained

This online library of resources inlcudes a range of website links, mobile apps and organisation contacts which explore Aboriginal protocols in the Western Australian context.

Video

Faith Bandler, 1993: 1967 referendum

This clip shows civil rights activist Faith Bandler talking about the 1967 referendum. The clip opens with archival footage of Bandler saying that the fairest thing for the government to do would be to hold a referendum. The clip then cuts to Bandler many years later, saying that before the referendum of 1967 Aboriginal ...

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Neville Bonner, 1991: change

This clip shows Aboriginal activist and politician Neville Bonner talking about the need to change the way in which issues concerning Aboriginal people are addressed. He says that all the decisions concerning Aboriginal people have been 'made for us by non-Aboriginal people', based on non-Aboriginal perspectives, priorities ...

Teacher resource

Voting and belonging - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about enfranchisement and parliamentary representation. Intended for lower secondary students, the unit focuses on three aspects: the struggle of women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to gain the vote, their continuing under-representation in Australian parliaments, and ...

Video

Faith Bandler, 1993: activist

This clip shows civil rights activist Faith Bandler talking about setting up the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship with Pearl Gibbs in order to achieve Gibbs's ambition of abolishing the Aborigines Welfare Board. Bandler says that at the time Aboriginal people in New South Wales were 'locked away on reservations' and needed ...

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Francis De Groot's sword, 2009

This clip reveals that when right-wing agitator Francis De Groot upstaged the 1932 opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sliced through the ceremonial ribbon, the antique sword he wielded cemented its place as an Australian national treasure. The clip is an excerpt from 'Francis De Groot’s sword', an episode from the ...