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  1. Democracy

    This fact sheet introduces the idea of democracy and explores the key ideas which support Australia’s democratic system of 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. 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.

  5. Australian system of government

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

  6. Year 8

    After completing this Unit of work and associated assessment tasks, students will have met the achievement standard for the Year 8 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  7. Year 5

    After completing this Unit of work and associated assessment task, students will have met the achievement standard for the Year 5 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Social Media Acceptable Use Guidelines

    The Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) educates Australians about, and inspires their enthusiasm for, Australia’s parliamentary democracy. The PEO is politically neutral, independent of any political parties/politicians and the work of the Government of Australia. If you would like to engage in a discussion about politics, you could contact local councillors, your state Members of Parliament, or your Federal Members of Parliament (depending on the issue).

    We encourage an open dialogue on our…
  13. 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.

  14. Year 3

    The PEO has a range of resources which assist teachers in their delivery of the Year 3 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  15. Year 5

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

  16. Year 4

    The PEO has a range of resources which assist teachers in their delivery of the Year 4 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  17. Conduct a law reform inquiry

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

  18. Year 10

    After completing this Unit of work and associated assessment tasks, students will have met the achievement standard for the Year 10 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  19. Year 6

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

  20. Year 6

    After completing this Unit of work and associated assessment task, students will have met the achievement standard for the Year 6 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  21. Hansard

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

  22. Magna Carta

    This fact sheet explores the Magna Carta – the ‘Great Charter’. It includes information about the history of the Magna Carta and its importance in the development of democracy and human rights.

  23. The Constitution

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

  24. Parliament House

    This fact sheet explores the building where the Australian Parliament meets. Discover key facts about the building and the symbolism of its design.

  25. Year 9

    After completing this Unit of work and associated assessment tasks, students will have met the achievement standard for the Year 9 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  26. Year 7

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

  27. 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.

  28. Year 8

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

  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. Federal elections

    This fact sheet explores how federal elections are used to select representatives in the Australian Parliament. It covers the process of electing senators and members of the House of Representatives.

  31. Year 7

    After completing this Unit of work and associated assessment task, students will have met the achievement standard for the Year 7 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

  32. Glossary

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

  33. 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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