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Secondary Programs 2018

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​Constitutional Centre of Western Australia - 2018 free secondary HASS programs

  • Programs are free, hands-on and curriculum focused
  • We offer a variety of programs delivered by experienced education officers
  • All programs have clear links to the Western Australian HASS curriculum and WACE Politics and Law 
  • Teacher background notes and free teaching resources are also available as an addition to your booking.
  • We encourage schools to undertake a variety of free programs either as incursions or as visits to the Constitutional Centre

Year 7 incursion and excursion options (60 minutes)

The Constitution and You
Students work their way through a series of activities to learn  more about our constitution. The activities cover the three arms of government, separation of powers, roles of the bicameral parliament and the advantages of a written constitution. This program gives a general overview of the Commonwealth Constitution.  ACHCK048


This session is jointly presented with the WA Electoral Education Office. Students are taken through the process of constitutional change using the 1967 constitutional referendum as the example including a referendum vote and count. This session works well for big group presentations rather than one class only. ACHCK049

Year 8 incursion and excursion options (60 minutes) 
Making Laws                                               

A two part program that explores the Constitutional powers given to the Federal Parliament to make laws. Students consider an issue and follow its path as it progresses from Bill to Act.  ACHCK063
The WA Electoral Education Centre can conduct a voting activity as a second part of the program to complement Making Laws. ACHCK062    Joint bookings  are encouraged

Year 9 excursion option (60 minutes)

Forming Government

This program is only offered on site at the Constitutional Centre. Students investigate examples of different types of political parties, independent members of parliament and  how government is formed. A short role play highlights the hung parliament of 2010.  The activity concludes with a jeopardy style quiz.  ACHCK075

 Year 10

The Constitution and the High Court of Australia                                               

A lecture session for larger groups covering the Constitutional power of the High Court and some landmark decisions. This program is offered as a large group event.

WACE Politics and Law: incursion and excursion options (60 minutes)

Unit 1 - Inside the Constitution                        

This sessions covers some of the essential understandings that underpin the concepts of division of powers, constitutionalism and federalism.

Unit 3 - Australia's Constitution/Federalism in Australia                                                                     

The focus of this program is to cover the key functions of the Commonwealth Parliament as prescribed in Australia's Constitution
Constitutional Change                                     

In this session students are taken through the process of Constitutional Change (S128) Referendums and / or  High Court of Australia decisions which have altered the interpretation of the Constitution

Unit 3 - 1975 Crisis

A constitutional perspective of the events leading up to the dismissal of the Whitlam Labor Government. Major points covered include the relevant sections of the Australian Constitution, and discussion of Constitutional convention as it applies to this moment  in our nation's history.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.