Class preparation

Use these handy resources to prepare your class—and yourself—for the Create a new federation classroom activity.

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Australian Constitution

The Australian Constitution is the set of rules by which Australia is run. It came into effect on 1 January 1901. This fact sheet summarises the key features of the Constitution and how it can be changed.

Separation of Powers: Parliament, Executive and Judiciary

The principle of the separation of powers distributes the power to govern between the Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary. This fact sheet examines the role of each group and the related principle of responsible government.

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Federation

Learn about federation in this video. Explore how and why six separate British colonies became a nation through a democratic vote.

Duration: 2 min 39sec

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The Constitution

This short video introduces the Australian Constitution—the rules by which Australia is run.

Duration: 2 min 29sec

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