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Teacher and student workbooks

Animated characters, Macey and Rodney, from the year 5/6 student workbook

Years 5 and 6

Our all new year 5/6 student workbook, The POWA of the People, unveils two new characters, Rodney and Macey, who will walk your class through the two houses of state Parliament, lead them through the passage of legislation and help them explore their elected members. Use this resource in conjunction with the year 5/6 teacher workbook to deliver an engaging and immersive program.

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The key institutions of Australia’s democratic system of government based on the Westminster system (ACHASSK143)

  • Understanding the bicameral system.
  • Composition and roles of both houses.
  • Difference between electoral districts and regions.
  • The main roles of a member of Parliament.

The roles and responsibilities of the three levels of government (ACHASSK144)

  • A clear explanation of local, state and federal governments, including concurrent powers.
  • Individual or cooperative learning activity.

The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia’s democracy (ACHASSK116)

  • The electoral cycle in Western Australia.
  • How state members of Parliament represent their communities.
  • Individual and class activity, exploring local members, districts and regions.

How laws are initiated and passed through Parliament (ACHASSK146)

  • The difference between rules and laws.
  • How bills become laws.
  • Class activity in the drafting and introduction of a bill, and an individual activity on the passage of legislation.

Teacher Resource Notes

  • Who can be an Australian citizen, the formal rights and responsibilities, and shared values of Australian citizenship (ACHASSK147).
  • The key values that underpin Australia’s democracy, including freedom, equality, fairness and justice (ACHASSK115).
  • The key institutions of Australia’s democratic system of government based on the Westminster system (ACHASSK143).
  • How laws are initiated and passed through the federal (and state) Parliament (ACHASSK146).
  • The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia’s democracy (ACHASSK116).


Teacher workbook

Interactive student workbook / print version

Animated characters, Elsie and Ellay, from the year 7/8 student workbooks.

Years 7 and 8

This dynamic resource introduces cartoon characters Elsie and Ellay, 14-year-old twin sisters living in Western Australia. Immerse yourself in the world of Elsie and Ellay to:

  • explore how the democratic process works within Western Australia and the Federation.
  • inform how the roles within Parliament help to shape the legislation that provides the fabric by which we all live.
  • experience how laws are passed through the parliamentary process.

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Module 1

The division of powers between local, state/territory and federal levels of government in Australia (ACHCK048)

Learn how the three tiers of government impact upon Elsie and Ellay’s daily lives.

Module 2

The concept of the separation of powers between the legislature, executive and judiciary and how it seeks to prevent the excessive concentration of power (ACHCK048)

Meet Parliamentary Pat, Executive Ewan and Judiciary Jane, the Tripod Party Planners, who symbolise the three different branches of our Westminster system of democracy.

Module 3

How citizens can participate in Australia’s democracy, including use of the electoral system, contact with their elected representatives, use of lobby groups and direct action (ACHCK062)

The freedoms that enable active participation in Australia’s democracy within the bounds of law, including freedom of speech, association, assembly, religion and movement (ACHCK61)

Elsie and Ellay campaign to save their school from closure. Learn how to participate in democracy by undertaking a lively lobbying exercise.

Module 4

How laws are made in Australia through Parliaments (ACHCK063)

What does soccer have to do with how laws are made in Western Australia? In this module, absolutely everything! Elsie and Ellay use this analogy to explain how a law is passed in State Parliament.


Picture of a person driving a car, representing how laws made by Parliament impacts the lives of Western Australians, a process explained in the year 9/10 workbooks.

Years 9 and 10

This resource-rich guide for time-poor teachers will assist those wanting to get the most out of civics and citizenship. Students will learn how the Parliament of Western Australia impacts their daily life by passing laws, representing the people living in Western Australia and providing safeguards that protect Australia’s democratic system and society.

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Module 1

The role of political parties and independent representatives in Australia’s system of government, including the formation of governments (ACHCK075)

  • Political parties in Western Australia.
  • Independent members.
  • The bicameral system of Parliament.

Module 2

How Citizens’ choices are shaped at election time (ACHCK076)

  • Active citizenship.
  • Election campaigning.
  • Community consultation.

Module 3

How social media is used to influence people’s understanding of issues (ACHCK076)

  • How social media influences the community.
  • Women’s suffrage.
  • Presenting a petition.

Module 4

The safeguards that protect Australia’s democratic system and society, including shared values and the right to dissent within the bounds of law (ACHCK094)

The key features and values of Australia’s system of government (ACHCK090)

  • The safeguards of Western Australian democracy.
  • The Western Australian constitution.
  • Shared values and the right to dissent.
  • Hansard.


Teacher workbook

Interactive student workbook module 1 / print version

Interactive student workbook module 2 / print version

Interactive student workbook module 3 / print version

Interactive student workbook module 4 / print version

5 students standing in of scales representing justice. Learn more in the year 11 and 12 politics and law workbooks

Years 11 and 12 Politics and Law

Whether you are teaching General or ATAR Politics and Law, these two resources will assist you in engaging your students in developing practical research skills and enhance their abilities in interpreting and applying statistical information to their own worlds. These interactive workbooks are curriculum linked to P&L General Unit 1: Political and Legal Decision Making and P&L ATAR Unit 2: Representation and Justice.


Teacher's Notes

Politics and Law General - Unit 1: Political and Legal Decision Making Student workbook

Politics and Law ATAR - Unit 2: Representation and Justice Student workbook

Group of English as a Second Language students seated on the steps of Parliament House, representing the EAL/D learning resource

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)

Understanding how laws are made and how your Parliament works is important. Many new arrivals to our country decide they want to become Australian citizens. Everyone who becomes an Australian citizen pledges to share in Australia’s democratic beliefs. These resources will assist in improving students’ understanding about how Australia’s democratic system of government works, with a central focus on the functioning of the Western Australian Parliament and the lawmaking process.


The Parliament of Western Australia (basic English version)

The Parliament of Western Australia (everyday English version)

A hand placed within an outline of another hand, representing support resources for additional needs students

Additional Needs (preparing students for visiting Parliament House)

These resources are designed to assist education support teachers to prepare students with additional needs for their tour of Parliament House. The first is a picture-based book that will familiarise students with what they will see when they visit Parliament House. The second booklet will familiarise them with the words they may hear during their visit.

Both booklets also serve to reinforce classroom learning about Parliament.


Information booklet for Education Support Teachers and Students (picture book)

Pre-tour Education Support Parliament House: vocabulary used during tours

Two female, black rod and golden mace cartoon characters

Poetry for Civics and Citizenship and English

‘The POWA of Poetry’ compiles all of our parliamentary poems and places them into one easy to access location. Mapped to both the English and Civics and Citizenship curriculum from Years 5 to 10, ‘The POWA of Poetry’ will assist you in navigating the curriculum in a time efficient and engaging way.


POWA of Poetry Workbook

Cover of Student Activity Workbook

The Key to Your House

This 13-part series was produced in 2017 by Parliament House in partnership with West TV channel 44. Individual student activity pages, linked to the Western Australian Civics and Citizenship curriculum, have been created to use as companion study guides for each episode. These resources are highly effective as self-contained individual lessons, or alternatively, they can be used chronologically to accompany each episode as an entire term’s program of work. The linked teacher’s guide provides answers to all the questions along with suggested extension tasks and teaching delivery modes.

The Key to your House episodes and Student Activity Books


Teacher Workbook

Edith Cowan's face in upper right above parliament house

Edith Cowan Centenary Special Edition

2021 marked the centenary of the election of the first woman to a Parliament in Australia, Edith Cowan. These special commemorative resources celebrate 100 years since Edith Cowan's election to the Parliament of Western Australia on 12 March 1921 and are designed to assist teachers in programming Civics and Citizenship lessons.


Interactive Primary Resource 3-4 and 5-6 / print version

Interactive Secondary Resource years 7-8 and 9-10 / print version