Learning Outcomes

Statements of Learning for Civics and Citizenship – Year 9

Goverment and law

Students explore principles, features and practices that characterise democracy in Australia.

They have the opportunity to:

  • explore significant features and principles of democracy in Australia including the common good, separation of powers, government accountability and parliamentary elections
  • recognise that the Australian Constitution establishes the powers and responsibilities of the national parliament and the federal legal system including the High Court
  • understand the role of political parties in Australian democracy
  • evaluate the power, responsibilities and influence exercised by political leaders and elected representatives

Historical perspectives

Students explore how and why civic and political rights, government policies and national identity have changed over time in Australia.

They have the opportunity to:

  • consider the influence of key events and ideas in Australia's development as an independent, self-governing democracy from colonisation to the present 

For the teacher | Introduction | Introductory Activities | Investigations | Australian Identity | The Constitution | 1975 - a case study | Polling - Gauging Support for an Australian Republic | Campaigning for a Republic | Resources