Curriculum alignment

These Year 6 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum inquiry questions, content descriptions and achievement standards relate to the Year 6 unit of work.

Year 6 inquiry questions

  • What are the roles and responsibilities of the different levels of government in Australia?
  • How are laws developed in Australia?

Civics and citizenship content descriptions

Knowledge and understanding

The key institutions of Australia’s democratic system of government and how it is based on the Westminster system (ACHASSK143)

The roles and responsibilities of Australia’s three levels of government (ASHASSK144)

The responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy (ACHASSK145)

Where ideas for new laws can come from and how they become law (ASHASSK146)

Inquiry and skills


Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI122)


Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources (ACHASSI123)

Evaluating and reflecting

Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI130)

Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI132)


Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI133)

Achievement standard

The following aspects of the Year 6 achievement standards are covered by this unit:

  • Students explain the importance of people, institutions and processes to Australia's democracy and legal system.
  • Students develop appropriate questions to frame an investigation.
  • Students locate and collect useful data and information from primary and secondary sources.
  • Students collaboratively generate alternative responses to an issue, use criteria to make decisions and identify the advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over others.
  • Students reflect on their learning to propose action in response to an issue or challenge and describe the probable effects of their proposal.
  • Students present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of communication forms that incorporate source materials, communication conventions and discipline-specific terms.

View the entire achievement standards from the Year 6 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum.

English curriculum content descriptions


Interacting with others

Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions (ACELY1709)

Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience (ACELY1816)

Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis (ACELY1710)

History curriculum content descriptions

Historical knowledge and understanding

Australia as a nation

Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia's Federation and Constitution. (ACHASSK134)


Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), downloaded from the Australian Curriculum website on 01/01/17. (curriculum version 8.3)

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