Civics & Citizenship

For students to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills to understand and practise what it means to be a citizen in a democracy.
  • Participate in and practise activities and behaviours which involve democratic decision making.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of civic institutions.
  • Develop knowledge of political and legal systems and processes.
  • Understand their personal identity and how they can contribute to local, national and global communities know their rights and responsibilities as citizens
  • Develop an appreciation for the uniqueness and diversity of Australia’s multicultural society and the efforts of individuals and groups to achieve political rights and equality.
  • Appreciate Australia’s role in the global community.
  • Consider human rights and social justice issues at local, national and global levels.
  • Be provided with opportunities to investigate and participate in activities that support sustainable practices.


Civics and Citizenship has two dimensions:

  • Civic knowledge and understanding
  • Community engagement


Civic knowledge and understanding focuses on the principles and practices that underpin civic institutions and civic life in communities and societies.

Community engagement focuses on the development of skills and behaviours needed to interact with the community such as decision making, voting and leadership, using their knowledge of rules and laws of governance, and concepts like human rights and social justice. They apply their knowledge and skills in a range of community-based activities.


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