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  1. Separation of powers

    Test your knowledge of the separation of powers—an important principle of Australia's democracy—with this fun quiz.

  2. Separation of powers: Parliament, Executive and Judiciary

    The principle of the separation of powers distributes the power to govern between the Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary. This fact sheet examines the role of each group and the related principle of responsible government.

  3. Introducing ... Australia's system of government

    Begin your exploration of the features of Australia’s system of government with this short introduction. Discover how power is shared and managed between different groups in Australia.

  4. Rule of law

    The rule of law is a key feature of Australia’s democracy and legal system. This fact sheet explains the principle of the rule of law and its relationship to the separation of powers.

  5. Australian system of government

    This fact sheet examines Australia’s mixed system of government. It includes information about Federation representative democracy and constitutional monarchy, and the role of the separation of powers.

  6. Year 7

    The PEO has a range of resources which assist teachers in their delivery of Year 7 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  7. Year 7

    This unit of work contains 9 lessons aligned to the Year 7 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. It includes worksheets, informal assessment items, a formal assessment item with marking rubric, information for teachers and a list of related resources.

  8. Year 10

    The PEO has a range of resources which assist teachers in their delivery of Year 10 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  9. Parliament and the courts

    This fact sheet outlines the relationship between the Australian Parliament and federal courts, including the separation of powers, sources of law and key High Court of Australia cases that have impacted on the powers of the Australian Parliament.

  10. Year 6

    This unit of work is aligned with the Year 6 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. It includes informal and formal assessment items with differentiated options to suit student capabilities. It also contains background information for teachers, a list of resources and student worksheets. 

  11. Year 6

    The PEO has a range of resources which assist teachers in their delivery of Year 6 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  12. Government

    This fact sheet explores the role and functions of the Australian Government, including who is in the government, how it is formed, minority government and the principle of responsible government.

  13. Glossary

    Use this helpful glossary to browse or search the meanings of key parliamentary terms.

  14. Year 10

    This unit of work contains 6 lessons aligned to the Year 10 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum and explores 2 curriculum inquiry questions. It includes an informal assessment item, a formal assessment item with marking rubric, background information for teachers and a list of resources.

  15. Year 9

    The PEO has a range of resources which assist teachers in their delivery of Year 9 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  16. Year 8

    The PEO has a range of resources which assist teachers in their delivery of Year 8 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  17. Year 5

    The PEO has a range of resources which assist teachers in their delivery of Year 5 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  18. Interpret the Constitution

    Discover how the High Court of Australia rules on constitutional disputes by role-playing the hypothetical case of Lee v Electoral Commissioner.

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