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Making connections: Parliament, students and communities
Created: Wednesday, 07 April 2021 14:27
Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 October 2021 09:13
Tuesday, 9 November, 4pm
In this 1.5-hour interactive workshop, teachers will participate in learning activities and discussions that will support their capacity to engage with civics and citizenship education. There will be a focus on making connections between Parliament, students’ lives and their communities.
Themes include: three levels of government, laws and rules, and representation. Drawing on relevant examples, activities and experiences, the workshop will provide teachers with concepts and resources that are aligned to the Victorian Curriculum Civics and Citizenship grades 3-6. These concepts and resources can be easily adapted to different primary school classroom settings.
The COVID-19 emergency has presented all of us with challenges, but it also provides some learning experiences for students that can be incorporated into the teaching of Civics and Citizenship and Legal Studies.
In the video presented on this page, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Colin Brooks MP, talks about the role of Parliament to create and scrutinise legislation, and how this process has been adapted to the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are also suggested discussion questions, links to relevant media articles and pages to help assist understanding of this issue.
This content has been developed to meet the curriculum requirements of VCE Legal Studies, however, it could be adapted for other levels.
You can follow the day’s proceedings through parliament’s Hansard and see how the parts of parliament work together to create legislation in response to situations and the needs of the Victorian people.
Although Parliament House is currently closed to visitors, you can take a virtual tour of parliament, which shows you the main areas of the building such as the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. You can also tour several committee rooms, where parliamentary committees conduct hearings. This is especially relevant to Legal Studies, Unit 4.
Unit 1: Guilt and Liability, AOS 1: Legal Foundations, Outcome 1:
the role of individuals, laws and the legal system in achieving social cohesion and protecting the rights of individuals
characteristics of an effective law, such as it reflects society’s values; is enforceable; is known; is clear and understood; and is stable
sources of law such as common law and statute law
Unit 4: The People and the Law, AOS 1: The people and the Australian Constitution
the roles of the Crown and the Houses of Parliament (Victorian and Commonwealth) in law-making
the division of constitutional law-making powers of the state and Commonwealth parliaments
compare the constitutional law-making powers of the state and Commonwealth parliaments, using examples
Unit 4: The People and the Law, AOS 2: The People, the Parliament and the Courts
reasons for law reform
factors that affect the ability of parliament to make law, including:
the roles of the houses of parliament
the representative nature of parliament
restrictions on the law-making powers of parliament
the role of one parliamentary committee or one Royal Commission, and its ability to influence law reform
discuss the means by which individuals can influence law reform, using examples
Adaptations for other learning levels
Levels of Government
The Levels of Government provide an important lesson for students and currently the Division of Powers between the States and Commonwealth Parliament is demonstrated day-by-day in the announcements and decisions made by each level. The formation of the National Cabinet also raises interesting questions about democratic process and scrutiny in times of crisis.
One way to explore this is to have students collect media articles which demonstrate the different areas of responsibility for each level and present this information in a creative and informative way.
The fast-paced political responses necessary in an emergency can leave students feeling baffled and powerless in the wake of change. You can talk to students about why we have representatives who make decisions for us and how they can contact these people. It is important to impress upon students that there are lots of ways to engage with this issue and many others, such as petitions and reaching out to decision makers.
The Workday Revolution is an online learning module which uses the eight-hour day to explore the rights and freedoms Australians have that enable active participation in democracy, as well as the ways they can participate.
We are currently developing several new programs for online learning, to be available in term two. If you are interested in taking part in one of these programs, including the opportunity for students to participate in online presentations and discussions with people from parliament, please email us at email@example.com.
Auslan Parliament Bulletin
Created: Friday, 26 July 2019 10:29
Last Updated: Friday, 26 November 2021 17:22
News from the Victorian Parliament presented in Auslan
To celebrate National Week of Deaf People (20-26 September 2021), we are excited to share a soft launch of some parliamentary vocabulary in Auslan.
In May 2019 the Victorian Parliament’s community engagement team together with members of the Deaf community commenced a project to create parliamentary resources in Auslan. The idea for this project came from of the members of the 2017 Youth Parliament Deafhood debating team. They realised that many parliamentary words and phrases did not have equivalents in Auslan. This lack of vocabulary makes it difficult for members of the deaf community to learn about and engage with the work of parliament.
Since that time, the Auslan Project team has worked to create monthly bulletins about Parliament in Auslan. We have also hosted two community forums where we discussed the list of vocabulary and possible signs. More community workshops will be hosted for the members of Deaf community at a later date. If you would like to assist us in developing Auslan parliamentary vocabulary, please email our Deaf Youth Associate Sara Weir at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
Auslan message on COVID-19
Heidi helps us produce our Auslan Parliament Bulletin and wants to share this message in Auslan about COVID-19 and how you can help stop the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Our first parliament news bulletin in Auslan was published in November 2019 and can be viewed below.
Two community workshops were held in August 2019 to assist with developing parliamentary vocabulary in Auslan. The workshops were led by members of our Auslan project team, which included young Victorians who participated in the Deafhood team at the 2017 YMCA Youth Parliament of Victoria.
The video below was made to promote the community workshops that were held in August 2019.