Curriculum alignment

These Year 7 Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum inquiry questions, content descriptions and achievement standards relate to the Year 7 unit of work. Relevant content descriptions from the Year 7 Australian English Curriculum are also listed.

Year 7 inquiry question

How is Australia's system of democratic government shaped by the Constitution?

Civics and citizenship content descriptions

Knowledge and understanding

Government and democracy

The key features of government under the Australian Constitution with a focus on: the separation of powers, the roles of the Executive, the Houses of Parliament, and the division of powers (ACHCK048)

The process for constitutional change through a referendum (ACHCK049)


Questioning and research

Develop a range of questions to investigate Australia's political and legal systems (ACHCS054)

Identify, gather and sort information and ideas from a range of sources (ACHCS055)

Analysis, synthesis and interpretation

Critically analyse information and ideas from a range of sources in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (ACHCS056)

Communication and reflection

Present evidence-based civics and citizenship arguments using subject-specific language (ACHCS059)

Achievement standard

The following aspects of the Year 7 achievement standards are covered by this unit:

  • Students explain features of Australia's Constitution, including the process for constitutional change.
  • When researching, students develop a range of questions and gather and analyse information from different sources to investigate Australia's political and legal systems.
  • Students consider different points of view on civics and citizenship issues.
  • Students develop and present arguments on civics and citizenship issues using appropriate texts, terms and concepts.
  • Students identify ways they can be active and informed citizens.

View the entire achievement standards from the Year 7 civics and citizenship curriculum.

English curriculum


Interacting with others

Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements to promote a point of view or enable a new way of seeing (ACELY1720)

Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning (ACELY1804)


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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