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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. System of government

    Understand Australia’s democratic system of government, including the separation of powers and responsible government.

  4. System of government

    Explore Australia’s system of government with these adaptable classroom activities.

  5. Levels of government

    In a land called Australia, 3 superheroes fight for the people. Discover their powers and those of the three levels of government they are named after with this video. From the ABC’s Behind the News.

  6. Three levels of government: governing Australia

    In Australia the three levels of government work together to provide us with the services we need. This in-depth paper explores the roles and responsibilities of each level, how they raise money and how they work together. Case studies show how the powers of the Australian Parliament have expanded.

  7. 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.

  8. Our products

    The Parliamentary Education Office’s printed learning resources provide students, teachers and lifelong learners with engaging entry points into parliamentary education. These resources are great for anybody with an interest in the Australian Parliament and our system of government.

  9. 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. 

  10. Prepare for your program

    Getting ready to participate in a PEO program? Here are some ideas to help your students get the most out of their immersive learning program at Parliament House.

  11. Blood brothers

    The Minister for Health and the Shadow Minister for Health visited a blood bank to encourage Australians to donate blood.

  12. 2020-2021 Budget estimates

    Submarines, bushfire recovery and response to COVID-19 were some of the issues covered during Senate estimates hearings.

  13. Tax cuts bill passes Parliament

    The Parliament has passed a bill to lower personal income taxes paid by Australians.

  14. Year 10

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

  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 9

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

  17. Cabinet

    Cabinet is the top-level decision-making group within the Australian Government. Find out more about who is in Cabinet and how it works with this fact sheet.

  18. Glossary

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

  19. Budget 2020-2021

    As part of its 2020-21 Budget, the Government will focus on helping Australians to survive and thrive in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  20. Democracy

    This fact sheet introduces the idea of democracy and explores the key principles of Australia’s democratic system of government. These include individual freedoms, justice, tolerance of opposing ideas and representative government.

  21. Counterterrorism bills pass Parliament

    The Parliament has passed bills to allow law enforcement agencies to manage the way Australians who may have links to terrorist groups re-enter Australia, with the introduction of a temporary exclusion order (TEO) scheme to delay their return.

  22. Upcoming programs

    Teaching civics and citizenship: a parliamentary approach is a free teacher professional learning workshop. Check out upcoming dates and register to attend.

  23. Australia's federation

    In 1901 the 6 British colonies united to become a new nation—the Commonwealth of Australia. This fact sheet examines the arguments for federation, the path to federation, the creation of the territories and the opening of the Australian Parliament.

  24. Introducing ... federation

    Begin your exploration of federation with this short introduction. Find out the arguments for federation and the process that led to the creation of Australia.

  25. Year 6

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

  26. 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.

  27. Year 7

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

  28. Introducing ... the Australian Constitution

    Begin your exploration of the Australian Constitution with this short introduction. Learn how the Constitution came into effect and what it takes to change it.

  29. Australian Constitution

    The Australian Constitution is the set of rules by which Australia is run. It came into effect on 1 January 1901. This fact sheet summarises the key features of the Constitution and how it can be changed.

  30. Senate

    This fact sheet explores the Senate, which is part of the Australian Parliament. It includes information about the role, appearance and history of the Senate.

  31. Types of law

    This fact sheet introduces the different types of law that govern Australia – statute law made by parliament, delegated law made by government and common law made by courts.

  32. Conduct a law reform inquiry

    Investigate a law reform issue and present recommendations to a citizens’ jury.

  33. House of Representatives

    This fact sheet explores the House of Representatives, which is part of the Australian Parliament. It includes information about the role, appearance and history of the House.

  34. Rights in Australia

    This paper investigates the framework of rights in Australia. It defines the different types of rights, including human rights, and looks at the many sources for our rights and how they are protected.

  35. Senators

    A person elected to the Senate is called a senator. This fact sheet explores their role in the Parliament and in their states and territories, as well as their working hours, period of service and history.

  36. 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.

  37. Role-play the Parliament: Committee

    This video demonstrates a committee role-play, where students can learn how the Australian Parliament investigates bills and issues. It outlines lesson content and what preparation is required to use this immersive learning strategy in a classroom.

  38. Year 8

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

  39. A short history of Parliament

    Compared to some other parliaments around the world, Australia's Parliament is quite young but it is based on practices and ideals from much older parliaments. This in-depth paper explores the development of the Westminster system in Britain and parliamentary democracy in Australia.

  40. Year 5

    This unit of work contains 8 lessons aligned to the Year 5 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum and the Year 5 English curriculum. It includes 2 informal assessment items, a formal assessment item with marking rubric, background information for teachers and a list of resources.

  41. Parliament House

    This fact sheet explores the building that houses the Australian Parliament. Discover key facts about the building and its symbolism.

  42. The federation of Australia

    Australia's federation came about through a process of deliberation, consultation and debate. This in-depth paper explores the reasons for federation, the federation conventions and the referendums in which the Australian people decided to join together as a nation.

  43. Australia's Parliament House

    This in-depth look at Australia's Parliament House investigates why Canberra was chosen to be the nation's capital and why we needed a 'new' Parliament House. It includes the design, site and symbolism of the building.

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