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The Roles in Australia's Government - Match-Up Activity

  • Updated

    Updated:  19 May 2023

Learn key vocabulary terms related to the roles and responsibilities of Australia’s three levels of government with this set of hands-on match-up cards.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

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    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Year

    Year:  6

teaching resource

The Roles in Australia's Government - Match-Up Activity

  • Updated

    Updated:  19 May 2023

Learn key vocabulary terms related to the roles and responsibilities of Australia’s three levels of government with this set of hands-on match-up cards.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Year

    Year:  6

Learn key vocabulary terms related to the roles and responsibilities of Australia’s three levels of government with this set of hands-on match-up cards.

The Who, What and Where of Australia’s Government 

There are many moving parts (and moving people!) involved in Australia’s system of government. At each level (local, state and federal), elected representatives perform specific tasks and provide valued services to benefit all Australians. There are many titles, roles, responsibilities and locations to remember!

A Match-Up Game for Australian Government

This hands-on match-up activity has been designed to support your students in understanding the key vocabulary related to Australia’s three levels of government. It contains 18 vocabulary cards and 18 definition cards.

The following terms are included in the resource: 

Governor-General, State Government, The Premier, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers, Leader of the Opposition, the King, Backbenchers, Shadow Ministers, Federal Government, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, House of Representatives, The Speaker, President of the Senate, Parliament, The Senate, Local Government, Prime Minister.

An answer key is also provided in the download.

How to Play Australian Government Match-Up 

Follow the instructions below to use this versatile Civics resource in your classroom. 

  1. Print and cut out the cards. Cardboard is recommended.
  2. Place the cards face down on a flat surface.
  3. Take turns turning over two cards at a time. If the cards match, the player keeps the pair and takes another turn. If the cards do not match, the next player takes their turn.
  4. Play continues until there are no cards left. The player with the most matches at the end of the game is the winner!

Tips for Extension and Scaffolding

Catering for a diverse range of learners in your classroom? We hear you! Check out these great ideas to maximise the impact of this activity for learners of all abilities:

  • Challenge High-Flying Students – Once they have completed the activity, challenge your more capable students to write sentences that include a selection of the vocabulary words from the match-up game. This task will demonstrate whether the students are capable of using these words correctly in context.
  • Support Less-Confident Students – Allow less-confident students to access a glossary of terms (such as that available on the Australian Electoral Commission website) so they can look up unfamiliar terms while completing the activity. In order to avoid overwhelm, reduce the number of cards to be matched.

It’s As Easy As Download, Print, Teach!

Use the dropdown arrow on the Download button to select between the quick-print PDF or the editable Google Slides version of this resource.

As this resource contains a title page and an answer sheet, we recommended printing one copy of the resource, removing the title and answer page, then making copies as required.


This resource was created by Amy Adam, a Teach Starter collaborator.

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