How much do you know about the Australian Constitution—the set of rules by which Australia is run?
Begin your exploration of the Australian Constitution with this short introduction. Learn how the Constitution came into effect and what it takes to change it.
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The Australian Constitution is the set of rules by which Australia is run. It came into effect on 1 January 1901.
It is the foundation of Australia’s system of government and includes rules about the make-up of the Australian Parliament, what it can make laws about and how power is shared.
PARLIAMENTARY EDUCATION OFFICE (PEO.GOV.AU)
Chapter 1 - The Parliament
Chapter 2 - The Executive Government
Chapter 3 - The Judicature
Chapter 4 - Finance and trade
Chapter 5 - The States
Chapter 6 - New states
Chapter 7 - Miscellaneous
Chapter 8 - Alternation of the Constitution
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Did you know?
The Australian Constitution says New Zealand can join Australia! This means New Zealand would become an Australian state just like Victoria or New South Wales. While this offer still exists, it doesn’t seem as though New Zealand will join Australia anytime soon!