What is Parliament?
Discover the structure and key functions of the Australian Parliament with this short video.
Begin your exploration of rules and laws with this short introduction. Find out the differences between rules and laws, and who needs to follow them.
Rules and laws are different types of instructions that are designed to help us understand how to participate safely and fairly in groups and society. Though rules and laws can be similar, the consequences of not following laws are much more serious.
Parliamentary Education Office (PEO.GOV.AU)
This graphic illustrates the 5 components of the Australian system of government
Both rules and laws
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Did you know?
Australia’s system of law came from Britain. However, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have customary laws dating back thousands of years. Across the country, different groups have different laws. These laws are not written down, but community members share with each other how to behave and the consequences of not following the laws.