Review the three levels of government in Australia with this handy classroom poster.
What Are the Three Levels of Australian Government?
Australia has three levels of government – local government, state government and federal government. Each level of government has a specific role and provides specific services to members of the Australian public. Australians aged 18 years and over vote to elect representatives to federal, state/territory parliaments and to local councils to make decisions on their behalf.
This classroom poster has been designed to support you in teaching your students about the three levels of the Australian government. It addresses the content outlined below.
The leader of the federal government is the Prime Minister. The federal parliament makes laws for the whole of Australia.
The leader of the state government is the Premier (or the Chief Minister in the two territories). State and territory parliaments make laws for their state or territory.
The head of a local government is the Mayor or Shire President. Local governments look after the local community and make local laws, called by-laws.
How to Make the Most of This Australian Government Poster
You may wish to use this poster in the following ways:
- Print the poster on A3 paper and display it in your classroom as a reminder of Australia’s three levels of government.
- Provide students with a smaller version of the poster to paste into their workbooks for future reference.
- Add the poster to a classroom bulletin board. Have students bring in resources that relate to the roles and responsibilities of each level of government and add them to the display.
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