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Secondary Programs 2019

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​Constitutional Centre of Western Australia - 2019 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 
  • We encourage schools to undertake a variety of free programs as visits to the Constitutional Centre.


Year 7 programs 60 mins 

The Constitution and You
Students work their way through a series of activities  to learn more about our constitution. The activities include 3 arms of government, separation of powers, roles of the bicameral parliament and advantages of a written constitution.

This session takes students through the process of constitutional change using the 1967 referendum as the example. Students will participate in a referendum vote carried out by the WA Electoral Education Office.


Year 8  programs 60 mins                                                              

Democracy in Action

In this program students will work in collaboration to:  look at the origins of democracy, investigate types of democracies, classify the rights and responsibility of Australian citizenship. Students will look more closely into the freedoms of speech, religion, movement, media, assembly and association.
Note: The WA Electoral Education Centre can conduct a voting activity as a second part of the program to complement Democracy in Action. ACHCK062   Joint bookings  are encouraged


Year 9 program 60 mins

Forming Government

During this 60-minute visit to the Constitutional Centre students investigate examples of different types of political parties, independent members of parliament and how government is formed. Students are introduced to the concept of political spectrums, and then work to define what is, and where a wide range of political parties fit on to it. The lesson is completed with a quick quiz.


Year 10

The  Constitution and the High Court of Australia

A lecture session that focusses on the Constitutional power of the High Court and some landmark decisions.


Programs for WACE Politics and Law

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 contemporary High Court of Australia decisions which have altered the interpretation of the Constitution

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.


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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.