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  1. 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.

  2. Unpack democracy

    What is democracy and how does it work in Australia? Explore questions around the key ideas of our democracy with these discussion-based activities.

  3. Four key ideas of Australian democracy

    This graphic illustrates the 4 supporting ideas of Australian democracy.

  4. 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.

  5. Self-paced online learning

    Want to deliver informative and engaging parliamentary civics and citizenship education to students from Years 3 to 10? Learn online at your own pace with these civics and citizenship teaching modules.

  6. Request a tailored program

    The PEO can tailor free teacher professional learning programs for your school, university or educational organisation.

  7. 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.

  8. 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. 

  9. 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.

  10. Year 8

    This unit of work is aligned to the Year 8 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. It includes one informal assessment item and one formal assessment item with marking rubric. It also contains background information for teachers and a list of resources.

  11. Debate a Bill of Rights for Australia

    Analyse arguments for and against having an Australian Bill of Rights, before debating the issue in a class parliament.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. The democratic classroom

    Looking for a way for students to experience democracy in your school? Learn how to create and maintain a class or school parliament with the Parliamentary Education Office’s new teacher professional learning program.

  15. Upcoming programs

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

  16. 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.

  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. Conduct a law reform inquiry

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

  19. Year 6

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

  20. President of the Senate

    Learn about the Senate's Presiding Officer with this fact sheet. Explore how the President is chosen, their role in the Senate and in the department, their chair and the history of the position.

  21. The Constitution

    This short video introduces the Australian Constitution—the rules by which Australia is run.

  22. Speaker of the House of Representatives

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives is a member chosen to run the meetings of the House of Representatives. Explore the role of the Speaker with this fact sheet, which covers how they are chosen, their role in the House and in the department, their chair and the history of the position.

  23. Hansard

    The official written record of what is said in the Australian Parliament is called Hansard. This fact sheet explores the role of Hansard, how it is produced and its history.

  24. Year 7

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

  25. 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.

  26. Year 8

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

  27. Federal elections

    This fact sheet explores how federal elections are run to select people to represent Australians in the Australian Parliament. It includes information about the process of electing senators and members of the House of Representatives.

  28. Parliament House

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

  29. Negotiate in National Cabinet

    Role-play as the federal and state levels of government as they work together to manage issues and provide services for the whole of Australia.

  30. Glossary

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

  31. 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.

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