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Government: Responsibilities of electors and representatives

Curriculum Content

The responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia’s democracy.

Elaborations

  • considering the responsibilities of electors (for example, enrolling to vote, being informed and voting responsibly)
  • identifying the characteristics that would make for a ‘good’ representative at the local, state/territory or national level

Voting in Australia

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The representatives elected to federal Parliament make decisions that affect many aspects of Australian life including tax, marriage, the environment, trade and immigration. This 28 page PDF document explains the history of Australia’s electoral system and how it works, Australia’s system of government and the role citizens play in it.

The first day as a Member of Parliament

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Parliament House is a lot like a school: bells are going off the whole time, there are lots of difficult subjects to get on top of and you get in trouble if you’re late! Annabel Crabb joins Linda Burney, the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, who is preparing to give her very first speech as a new Member of Parliament.

Voting in the classroom

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This is a learning module that develops practical skills in teaching electoral education as part of the Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. The module includes background information and a step by step guide to running an election. Aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, the module provides one hour of professional learning with a certificate after completion. Requires free registration.

Get Voting

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This website provides a step-by-step guide to running an school elections such as student leadership positions. The five-step process provides practical advice on preparation and a variety of downloadable resources. The forms can be customised and include nomination forms, ballot papers, how to vote cards and tally sheets . Students can also practice voting using the online voting forms that replicate ballot papars for the House of Representatives and Senate. The website also provides advice on campaigning, advice for scrutineers and post-ballot advice on how to distribute votes for first-past-the-post and preferential voting systems.