Civics and Citizenship 7-10 / Year 9 / Knowledge and understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity

Curriculum content descriptions

how and why individuals and groups, including community, religious and cultural groups, participate in and contribute to civic life in Australia and to global citizenship (AC9HC9K05)

  • researching the work of an Australian non-government organisation (NGO), philanthropist, community group or religious group and the extent to which they contribute to the Australian community; for example, volunteers that support communities ravaged by natural disasters such as the State Emergency Service (SES), the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, Sikh Volunteers Australia
  • researching examples of young people who are acting as global citizens, such as Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg, and Australia’s Amelia Telford, Mackinley Butson and Bassam Maaliki, or UNICEF Australia’s Young Ambassadors
  • collaborating with peers to plan a citizenship campaign on an issue related to sustainability or climate change
General capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural Understanding
ScOT terms

Religious faiths,  Communities,  Minority groups,  Global citizenship,  Active citizenship,  Civic responsibility


Across Land and Sea: Muzafar’s True Story

This interactive resource explores the experiences of a former refugee from Afghanistan, Muzafar Ali, who has worked as a political and human rights analyst. The resources explore the experiences of a refugee or displaced person in countries such as Pakistan, Indonesia and Australia. The site includes video clips, photos ...


Australian Constitution Centre Resources

Find detailed lesson plans for appropriate levels of schooling supporting topics such as the Rule of Law, Representative Democracy, Australian identity, federation and the Constitution, Australia’s legal system, the Courts and the Australian Justice System, The Constitution and the Making of Law in Australia, The High Court ...


Key concepts in Civics and Citizenship Levels 3–10

These six videos for teachers unpack key concepts in Civics and Citizenship highlighting perspectives of current primary and secondary teachers and students. Find videos relating to both content and effective pedagogies. Each video is accompanied by questions that can be used to prompt discussions to support teachers’ thinking ...


Western Australia: A Centenary of Change 1918 - 2018

This resource has been developed to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the conclusion of World War I. The resource aims to support teachers from Foundation through to Year 10 in integrating 100 years of West Australian history into the HASS curriculum.


Big deal

Big Deal investigates the role of money in Australia’s democracy and explores some of the reasons people’s trust in democracy is declining. Host Christiaan Van Vuuren speaks to current politicians, former politicians, journalists, community members and a lobbyist in a quest to understand how rules around political donations, ...


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.


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 ...


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. ...


Aboriginal change makers

Aboriginal history, self-determination and identity are examined in this teaching and learning eBook. The book draws on the lived experience of First Nations peoples drawing on historical record, cultural protocols and community connections to explore perspectives on traditional culture and leadership in the face of colonisation. ...


Discovering democracy: parties control parliament

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the role political parties and independents have in Australia. Learn about some of fundamental principles underpinning the major parties. Complete a related task.


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 ...


Contemporary issues in Civics and Citizenship

This resource is designed to help teachers to think about their own practices and explore a number of common approaches to the discussion of contemporary issues. The resource includes six professional learning modules, with pre-readings, group activities, discussion questions and prompts, plus other resources. Module themes ...


Vincent Lingiari the Leader

This collection of resources focuses on Vincent Lingiari, his struggle and determination for rights for Indigenous Australians. Find out more about the Wave Hill Walk-off and what Lingiari achieved on behalf of his people.


Civics and Citizenship: Are we good global citizens?

In this unit, students analyse influences on Australian identity and global citizenship. They prepare ideas about lifting Australia’s reputation as a good global citizen. They present their ideas to an appropriate audience and design a way to gain feedback from the audience.


Sensory Experience

This is a website about how the treatment and mainstream understanding of deaf and blind people has changed overtime. The resource has three sections: Introductory information; Story Objects; and Story Education Resources. There are 16 Story Objects that tell the stories of individuals, events and artefacts of deaf and ...


Wildlife crime and the law

This sequence of five lesson ideas focuses on the concept that Australia's biosecurity and environmental wellbeing are enhanced when individuals understand the behaviours, rules and laws associated with being an environmentally responsible citizen. The resource provides students with the opportunity to explore how Australia’s ...


The Australian Dream: Cultural identity

Cultural identity gives us a sense of connection and belonging and an understanding of who we are and where we come from. There is a direct connection between people's sense of cultural identity and their health and wellbeing. This clip explores some of our nation’s history, including how Australia Day is seen by both Indigenous ...


BTN: History of voting

Australia's first parliamentary election was in 1843. What was different about voting then? When and how did that change to resemble elections we have now? See if you can list the three significant dates in Australia’s history of voting and the changes that occurred on those dates.


Trees and connection

Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man Bruce Pascoe explains his connection to Country and introduces us to a family of trees. In what ways does Bruce’s relationship with the Earth differ from yours?


The Australian Dream: Racism

This clip highlights Adam Goodes’s belief that the whole community needs to work together to put an end to racism. Through the heartbreaking story of Nicky Winmar and Gilbert McAdam, you'll get an insight into how far we've come in tackling racism, but Adam shows us how far we still have to go. Find out how people used ...