Australia is a representative democracy. In this political system, eligible people vote for candidates to carry out the business of governing on their behalf. Australia’s system of government—its institutions and practices—reflect British and North American traditions combined in a way that is uniquely Australian.
The Australian democracy has at its heart, the following core defining values:
For further reading, see Australia’s System of Government fact sheet.
What is Democracy?
This animated video provides a fun introduction to some of the key features of Australian democracy.
SOURCE: Aust. Human Rights Commission (2018), Posted on YouTube, Duration: 1:37 mins, URL: https://youtu.be/8Eu6G5YrBt4
Democracy in Australia: An Introduction
We begin with an overview of Australia's secular representative government and major parties, followed by a step-by-step outline of the electoral process and three levels of government. Next we explore what it means to be an Australian citizen including our duties and responsibilities, and finally we discuss how we can exercise our rights and responsibilities as Australian citizens.
SOURCE: Clickview (2010), Rating: E, Duration: 12:57 mins, URL: https://clickv.ie/w/0GAi
Protecting Australian Democracy and Interests
Research a topic and create a detailed and lifelike diorama (and a video explaining your topic) that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of a topic we have covered this term in Civics & Citizenship.