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  1. Federal elections

    Australians vote to elect members of the Australian Parliament to make laws and decisions on their behalf. Find out how much you know about the process with this fun quiz.

  2. 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.

  3. Elections and voting

    Discover how senators and members of the House of Representatives are elected by the Australian people to the Australian Parliament. Explore what a double dissolution is and how the Australian people can have their say on big issues in referendums and plebiscites.

  4. 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.

  5. Referendums and plebiscites

    A referendum is a vote of the Australian people to change the Australian Constitution. This fact sheet explores the process of referendums and plebiscites – national polls – in Australia.

  6. 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.

  7. Preparing for a new Parliament

    The process of opening a new parliament has many stages. Investigate the process of closing a parliament, the transition between parliaments and the opening of a new parliament in Australia with this fact sheet.

  8. 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.

  9. Explainer: Vacancies filled in the Senate and the House of Representatives

    Recently 2 casual vacancies have come up in the Australian Parliament. A casual vacancy is when a senator or member resigns or retires during their term.

  10. Explainer: changing party leaders

    The Nationals party elected the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP as their leader.

  11. Upcoming programs

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

  12. 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.

  13. Year 9

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

  14. Run an election campaign

    Experience a modern social media election campaign in your classroom with this classroom activity.

  15. 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.

  16. Glossary

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

  17. 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.

  18. Members of the House of Representatives

    Discover the work of members of the House of Representatives in this fact sheet. It explores their role in the Australian Parliament and in their local community, their working hours and period of service.

  19. Political parties

    Many political parties have members elected to the Australian Parliament. In this fact sheet, learn more about how they are organised, coalitions of parties, party meetings and the history of political parties in Australia.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. Year 8

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

  25. Year 5

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

  26. Run a Cabinet meeting

    Work together to negotiate the best policy outcome.

  27. Preferential voting

    When you vote for your local member of the House of Representatives you need to decide who you like the most, the second most and so on. Discover why preferences matter on election day with the ABC’s Behind the News.

  28. A new Parliament

    There are many steps in the process of opening a new parliament. Find out the timings, traditions and requirements of establishing a new Australian Parliament with this in-depth video.

  29. Year 7

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

  30. 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.

  31. 1967 referendum

    In 1967 the majority of Australians voted to change the Australian Constitution to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the national census. This video from the ABC’s Behind the News explores how the 1967 referendum was part of a movement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights.

  32. Year 6

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

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