Curriculum links – Year 8
The PEO has a range of resources which assist teachers in their delivery of Year 8 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.
Individual curriculum linked resources
How citizens can participate in Australia’s democracy, including use of the electoral system, contact with their elected representatives, use of lobby groups, and direct action (ACHCK062)
News from our Parliament
Keep up-to-date with the latest news from our Parliament. Read straightforward explanations of bills, committee inquiries, and events in the Senate and House of Representatives, and around Parliament House.
Make a difference
Play this interactive to explore how to get informed and get active in your community.
Petitions ask the Australian Parliament to take action on a particular issue. This fact sheet explains the rules petitions must follow, how petitions are presented to the Parliament and the history of petitions to the Australian Parliament.
Explore ways you can get involved in the work of Parliament with this in-depth video. Find out how you can get informed about the work of the Parliament, contact and vote for members of parliament, petition the Parliament and participate in parliamentary inquiries.
How laws are made in Australia through parliaments (statutory) and through the courts (common law) (ACHCK063)
Make a law: House of Representatives
Discover how bills—proposed laws—are introduced, debated and voted on in the House of Representatives by turning your class into a Parliament and doing it yourselves!
Make a law: Senate
Discover how bills—proposed laws—are introduced, debated and voted on in the Senate by turning your class into a Parliament and doing it yourselves!
Amendments are a change to a bill—a proposed law. They are an important part of the law-making process of the Australian Parliament. This fact sheet outlines the amendment process.
Delegated law gives government ministers and others the power to make decisions about the details of laws passed by the Australian Parliament. This fact sheet explains how regulations, standards and other types of delegated law are made and overruled.
Making a law in the Australian Parliament
This fact sheet explains the law-making process in the Australian Parliament. It also describes where ideas for laws come from and the history of law-making in the Parliament.
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.
Making a law
Get an introduction to the law-making process of the Australian Parliament with this short video. It includes all the law-making steps in the Senate and House of Representatives.
Passing a bill
Follow a bill from its introduction in the House of Representatives to its signing into law by the Governor-General with this in-depth video about the law-making process of the Australian Parliament.
Other useful PEO resources
Federal Parliament history timeline
Explore the history of Australia’s Parliament with this easy-to-use timeline. Investigate the milestones to find out how the work of the Parliament has influenced the development of Australia since federation.
Parliament in pictures
This pack of 10 large posters and classroom guide is designed for teachers to introduce a study of Parliament. The colourful and easy-to-understand posters are ideal for display in upper primary and secondary classrooms.
Senate and House of Representatives posters
These large posters show the Senate and the House of Representatives. They are ideal for display in the classroom and provide students who have not visited Parliament House with a sense of the colour and size of the 2 houses of the Australian Parliament.
Get Parliament online
Discover all about Parliament in one place. This sub-site includes explorations of federation, three levels of government, elections and how to get involved in Parliament.
Have a go at these quizzes about the Australian Parliament. You might even learn something you didn’t know! Topics include the three levels of government, separation of powers and the Australian Constitution.
Run a parliamentary committee
Investigate the work of parliamentary committees in this classroom activity. Use this activity to further your study of civics and citizenship or as a framework for an inquiry study into any topic.
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