Learning objects Making a Nation: changing the Constitution

TLF ID M017710

This interactive resource looks at the creation of the Australian Constitution and then explores the process used to change it - referendum. Information on several referendums is presented (1910, 1937, 1967, 1984) but, in a case study, students investigate the 1951 anti-communism referendum in more detail. The seven activities in this module culminate in students becoming immersed in the republic referendum of 1999.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is useful for the content description in the year 7 history Knowledge and Understanding strand that refers to the process for constitutional change through a referendum.
  • This resource is useful for the aspect of the content description in the year 10 history overview of the Modern World and Australia that refers to the nature of the Cold War and Australia's involvement in it.
  • This resource highlights several referendums but concentrates on the anti-communism referendum in 1951, helping to outline the competing idealogies of capitalism and communism.
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Civics and citizenship
  • History

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Australian Electoral Commission
  • Organization: Australian Electoral Commission
  • URL: http://www.aec.gov.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: Australian Electoral Commission
  • Organization: Australian Electoral Commission
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.aec.gov.au/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
  • Online
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