This unit is based on the Year 5 Australian Curriculum HASS Civics and Citizenships Knowledge and Understandings. Students explore Australia’s democratic government, including the meaning of terms, the three levels of government and the current representatives. They learn about the core defining values of Australia’s democratic government, the role of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), current issues including the citizenship saga, and compulsory voting. Students prepare and re-enact an election. Laws, regulations enforcements are explored. Students research community support groups, including those that provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

6 x 1 hour lessons
Cross curriculum
16x resources/worksheets
Overview

In this unit students explore the following concepts;

  • What is democracy in Australia and why is voting in a democracy important?
  • Why do we have laws and regulations?
  • How and why do people participate in groups to achieve shared goals?
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