Australian Curriculum Categories

Civics and citizenship

Concepts for developing understanding

The content in the civics and citizenship sub-strand provides opportunities for students to develop understanding about government and democracy, laws and citizens and citizenship, diversity and identity. Students are introduced to the key values of Australia’s liberal democratic system of government, such as freedom, equality, fairness and justice (government and democracy). Students begin to understand representative democracy by examining the features of the voting processes in Australia (government and democracy). Students expand on their knowledge of the law by studying the role of laws and law enforcement (laws and citizens). Students investigate how diverse groups cooperate and participate in our community (citizenship, diversity and identity).

Inquiry Questions

  • What is democracy in Australia and why is voting in a democracy important?
  • Why do we have laws and regulations?
  • How and why do people participate in groups to achieve shared goals?

(source: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au)

6 teaching resources for those 'aha' moments
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    Class Election Templates

    A fun set of 5 posters to display and use in a class election.

    Teach Starter Publishing 5 pages Grade: 5
  • Preview image for The Election Cycle - Poster - teaching resource

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    The Election Cycle - Poster

    A poster displaying the Australian election cycle.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grade: 5
  • Preview image for Democracy Posters - teaching resource

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    Democracy Posters

    3 Posters defining democracy and an index visually representing it around the world.

    Teach Starter Publishing 3 pages Grades: 5 - 6
  • Preview image for Australian Voting Process Poster - teaching resource

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    Australian Voting Process Poster

    A poster outlining the voting process in Australia.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 5 - 6
  • Preview image for Eureka Stockade – Fighting for a Vote - lesson plan

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    Eureka Stockade – Fighting for a Vote

    A 60-minute lesson in which students learn about the events that led to the Eureka Stockade and how they changed Australian society.

    Teach Starter Publishing 54 pages Grade: 5 60 mins
  • Preview image for A Golden Democracy – Laws, Taxes and Voting Equality - lesson plan

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    A Golden Democracy – Laws, Taxes and Voting Equality

    A 60-minute lesson designed to explain how events during the gold rush influenced Australian laws, taxes, equality and voting rights, and how they shaped our current democracy.

    Teach Starter Publishing 43 pages Grade: 5 60 mins