Video and Print Resources

Video Resources

Making the Law 

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  Duration: 19 minutes   Duration: 17 minutes

Making the Law satisfies the requirements of VCE Legal Studies Unit 4: The People and the Law. It explores the legislative process: how laws are made by our elected representatives in the Parliament of Victoria.

This video explores the legislative process. If follows a junior reporter as he tracks a bill from its inception through Cabinet and both houses of Parliament to signing by the Governor to become a law, or an Act of Parliament.

Each person we meet on the journey explains how their input contributes directly to the legislative process: the Premier, Leader of the Opposition, a Minister (the Attorney General in this instance), and the Presiding Officers and Clerks of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. A former Supreme Court judge describes the role of the Victorian Law Reform Commission and comments on the drafting process, and a senior lecturer in politics at Monash University offers extra insight to contextualise the process along the way.

This video is supplemented by the pamphlet   How a Law is Made (pdf,403.29 Kb)

Transcript:   pdfMaking the Law transcript.pdf121.56 KB

From Westminster to Spring Street: Governing Victoria

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  Duration: 17 minutes

This title outlines the evolution of Victoria’s system of government from a colony to now. It covers the historical factors in the development of Victoria’s Westminster-influenced system of government. It looks at the idea of responsible or accountable government as it applies to the interaction of the legislative and executive branches.

From Westminster to Spring Street has been produced for an adult audience and is suitable for upper secondary and tertiary students. It provides useful background for students of VCE Australian and Global Politics: Unit 3 and VCE History: Unit 3.

 Transcript: pdfFrom Westminster to Spring Street transcript.pdf89.92 KB

Parliament Explains

How Parliament makes laws

How Parliament's Committees Work

How Parliament's Elections Work

Print Resources

Inside the Parliament of Victoria.  This 34 page booklet covers all aspects of Victoria’s Parliament, including its place in our state and federal systems of government.  Suitable for primary and secondary students, it can also be downloaded from the Primary and Secondary resources area of this site.

A set of four posters introducing the Members of the Legislative Council, Legislative Assembly,  Members Born Overseas and Victorian Electorates.

Primary and secondary workbooks. A resource for Years 5/6 to 10 students who are visiting Parliament, participating in a parliamentary role play, and/or receiving a metropolitan school or regional visit or a visit from a Member of Parliament. Also stands alone as a classroom resource.

How a Law is Made in Victoria. A pamphlet that supplements the Making the Law DVD.  Resources suitable for VCE students

The following two activity books can be downloaded from the Adult Education resources area.

A 167 page activity book:  Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education Program

A 151 page activity book:  EAL Materials for Teaching Adult Learners 

Contact the Community Engagement and Education Unit to order any of these resources

Phone:  (03) 8682 2898