Civics and citizenship links
One role of the Parliamentary Education Section is to support Civics and Citizenship Education and other relevant curriculum areas in schools.
The websites linked below offer valuable information and resources for teaching and learning in civics and citizenship education.
Civics and citizenship sites
A major portal providing direct links to many Civics and Citizenship Education curriculum resources and information is the Australian Government site Civics and Citizenship Education at: http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce
The above is closely interlinked with the Curriculum Corporation
and its website, also and important source of resources and educational information: http://www.curriculum.edu.au
. The Curriculum Corporation site includes online resources for Civics and Citizenship; Discovering Democracy
; Learning Federation; Values Education; Peace, Rights and Justice Education; Global Education; as well as Statements of Learning
) and assessment information
in Civics and other curriculum areas.
Civics and Citizenship sites developed by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training include:
A very useful site about communities and developing and showcasing community action and which provides many more links, is communitybuilders.nsw at http://www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au
New South Wales:
The full text of the New South Wales Constitution can be found on the Austlii site at: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/ca1902188/
An excellent educational site, developed by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, exists on the New South Wales Constitution, offering real and well documented examples of the Constitution in action at http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/nswconstitution/htm/default.htm
The full text of the Australian Constitution can be found on Australian Senate website at: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/general/constitution/
or on the Australian Government Attorney-General’s ComLaw site: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/ComLaw/Legislation/ActCompilation1.nsf/all/search/CB49A63C9DF867ACCA256F71004F2624
An overview of the Australian Constitution is provided on the Parliament of Australia website at: http://www.aph.gov.au/parl.htm
Western Australia has the only Constitutional Education Centre in Australia and, while obviously also dealing with state issues, it also examines the Federal system: http://www.ccentre.wa.gov.au/
Head Of State
Australia is a Constitutional Monarchy with the Governor-General (nationally) and the State Governors representing the Queen in Australia. The following sites provide information:
Australia has a Federal Parliament, six State Parliaments and three Territory legislatures (NT, ACT and Norfolk Island)
To access the sites of all Australian Federal, State and Local governments also see: http://www.gov.au/
A very useful site with current information in formats designed for school use is the Parliament@work site maintained by Curriculum Corporation – this can be accessed easily from either the Curriculum Corporation website (http://www.curriculum.edu.au
) or the Australian Government Civics and Citizenship education site (http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce
See also the Parliamentary Education Office (Australian Parliament) in Canberra, ACT at http://www.peo.gov.au
For Parliaments around the world there are various access points – these include the Washington University site: http://www.wsu.edu
Another excellent source is the Inter-Parliamentary Union at: http://www.ipu.org/english/home.htm
which, as well as providing links to parliaments around the world, also maintains databases such as women in parliaments, bibliographies and literary references, structures and working of parliaments, etc.
An important feature of Australian democracy is the independent system of Federal, State and Territory courts and judiciary. For further information see:
The leadership and day-to-day government of the state is the role of executive government. Both Federal and State agencies have internet sites and access:
There are more than 680 local governments in Australia and amore than 150 in NSW. For information on NSW local governments see:
To access the sites of all Australian local governments see: http://www.gov.au
Free and fair elections for all levels of government is a central feature of Australian democracy. The elections are conducted by independent statutory authorities. Most of their websites have electoral education materials and other information.
Some other state electoral sites are:
Elections Around the World – a site which provides links to information on elections in many countries is: http://www.psr.keele.ac.uk/election.htm
Most political parties and many Members of Parliament maintain webpages.
Information on New South Wales MPs with websites can be found in the Members
section of the Parliament of New South Wales site.
The Parliament of Australia Library has a comprehensive links section at: http://www.aph.gov.au/library/intguide/pol/polparti.htm
For some discussion on current issues see Online Opinion at: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au
A well-known opinion site is http://www.crikey.com.au/
and a ‘progressive’ activist site is http://www.getup.org.au/
A private website run by a teacher with extensive government and politics links is Malcolm Farnsworth’s http://www.australianpolitics.com/
. Farnsworth also operates a companion specialist site of interest to history teachers documenting the Whitlam dismissal at http://whitlamdismissal.com/
A few direct links are given here:
For access to political and government sites worldwide try http://www.politicalresources.net
National flag, symbols, awards and honours
Apart from the emblems and flags section on this website, there are other sites providing more detailed information on some of these Australian national symbols.
Social justice and human rights
There are many sites dealing with these issues. The few listed below will lead you on to many others.
Pictorial and history resource sites
The internet is full of pictorial resources – some of which you may not want to encounter. However, for teachers of Australian History the following sites offer superb resources, both pictorial and documents. As always, copyright and other restrictions may apply.
- An important site on Australian History resources, which includes resources related to Australian political history, is the National Centre for History Education site at http://www.hyperhistory.org
- The New South Wales State Library’s Picman site has a wealth of pictorial material: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au
- The National Library of Australia hosts a similar site called Picture Australia: http://www.pictureaustralia.org/
- An excellent and very graphic archival resource giving access to original documents, artworks and photographs relating to the founding and development of Australia, both Commonwealth and States, is http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au
- The National Archives site itself has an excellent range of original materials on-line: http://www.naa.gov.au