Changing the ways we work

Changing the way we workThe videos in our Workday Revolution module show the working conditions of labourers, such as stone masons, and child workers prior to the introduction of 8-hour workday law in 1856. The 8-hour workday provided Victorians a work-life balance based on the idea of 8 hours work, 8 hours recreation and 8 hours rest. But so much about the way we live and work has changed in the 165 years since the law was introduced. The activities in the ‘Changing the ways we work’ resource explore some of the ways life has changed since 1856, the impact of these changes on our work-life balance, and considers whether we need to amend our existing laws, or if it’s time for a new Workday Revolution.

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Learning from COVID-19

Learning from Covid 19

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 Victorian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship and VCE Legal Studies.

In the video 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 can also be used for Grades 5 and 6, and Years 7 to 10 Victorian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship when exploring how laws are made, and therefore it is suitable to be used in conjunction with the video Parliament of Victoria Explains: How Parliament makes laws. It can also be used with the Workday Revolution to explore how the working lives of the Victorian people continue to change.

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The Workday Revolution

The Workday RevolutionCome and see how young Tommy’s life improved with the introduction of the eight-hour workday in Victoria. Find out how his dad and his workmates agitated for a fair go. Did his mum get a fair go too

The Workday Revolution uses the introduction of the 8-hour workday – a significant moment in Victoria's parliamentary history - as a starting point for investigating how workers of the day rallied together to fight for fairer working conditions, something many of us are still benefitting from today.

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