Dimension: Civic knowledge and understanding

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General Resources
Symbols & emblems of national life in Australia
Australian government (comparison with other nations)
Democracy in Australia

Focus: national symbols and emblems of life; Australian government (comparison with other nations); democracy in Australia; multiculturalism and immigration


General Resources

provides the introduction to the domain, the learning focus statements and standards for civics and citizenship.

lists the standards and progression points for the Civics and Citizenship domain for levels three, four, five, six and beyond.

provides support resources for the civics and citizenship domain.

help teachers assess student work using the Victorian Essential Learning Standards. They provide a range of annotated student work samples which can be used in conjunction with the progression points to help teachers make consistent, on-balance judgements about student achievement.

The Civics and Citizenship Education website, Australia's main civics and citizenship education web portal. This website contains resources, information, activities and links for teachers, students and parents involved in civics and citizenship education.

Linking LOTE and Civics and Citizenship (doc 113kb)
Suggestions for teachers planning units of work which incorporate knowledge from the Civics and Citizenship domain.

Symbols & emblems of national life in Australia

information about national symbols

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Australian government (comparison with other nations)

This annually updated website has extensive information on each country's people, geography, economy and governmental structure.

has information in different languages about voting

The main page of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia. Search the LOTE version of Wikipedia for information about the Australian government and civic structure.

Democracy in Australia

The Discovering Democracy Units have been developed with funding from the Department of Education, Science and Training to encourage the development of skills, values and attitudes that enable effective, informed and reflective participation in political processes and civic life.


The website of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which offers a wide range of free statistics on Australia's economy, environment, industry and people

Victoria has one of the most culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse populations in Australia . Our State's long history of migration has given Victoria a rich cultural heritage for all Victorians to enjoy.

The Immigration Museum's education pages

Living in Harmony is an Australian Government initiative designed to promote community harmony, build relationships between people and address racism where it occurs in Australia. The website contains general information for the celebration of Harmony Day, 21 March. LEVEL: Middle Primary to Middle Secondary

This website contains a large amount of information on such themes as culture, ethnicity, history of migration, recognising and understanding racism, and reconciliation. There are also a large number of classroom teaching and learning activities with downloadable worksheets. The student section includes comics, competitions, graffiti wall, puzzles and quizzes. LEVEL: Upper Primary to Middle Secondary

The Languages and Multicultural Education Resources Centre ( LMERC) is a specialist support centre for schools. Approved borrowers are able to borrow a wide range of resources including print, audio, video, CD-Rom, and poster materials.

The Chinese Heritage of Australian Federation Project celebrates the contribution of Australia's Chinese communities to the early founding and subsequent development of Australia. It focuses on the private, community and public life of Australia's Chinese communities before and after Federation in 1901. The education link includes primary source materials and lesson plans for junior and middle secondary students developed around topics such as 'Active citizenship', 'Chinese communities', 'Federation and the early Commonwealth', and 'Political voices in the Chinese- Australian community in the late 19th century'. LEVEL: Lower to Middle Secondary

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