Term 3 Discovering Democracy

In this unit the students investigate the democratic process in Australia. We will provide students the opportunity to understand and practice the values and skills that make a citizen in a democracy. Visits from community leaders will support student understanding of the role of government in their lives.

Students learn about the three levels of government in Australia and investigate examples of the functions and services of these governments such as currency, defence, education, health, parks and libraries. They examine other features of Australian democracy; for example, the role of government in representing the people, the key tasks of a Member of Parliament or councillor, how parliament makes laws and the importance of voting. They learn about the values of democracy, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.


Students explore ways in which they can actively participate in their school and community. They investigate the qualities of leadership through past and present examples. They are provided with opportunities to participate in school events and experience class and school leadership roles and their responsibilities. They develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of leaders, and of democratic processes, when engaging in school and community activities. They present a point of view on a significant current issue or issues and include recommendations about the actions that individuals and governments can take to resolve issues. They demonstrate understanding that there are different viewpoints on an issue, and contribute to group and class decision making

Focus Learning


What makes a good citizen?

What is democracy in Australia and why is voting in a democracy important?

What are the roles and responsibilities of the different levels of government in Australia?

How are laws developed and enforced in Australia?

How and why do people participate in groups to achieve shared goals?

What does it mean to be an Australian citizen?