How and why did Australia become a nation?

Case Study Overview

In 1901 Australia changed from being six separate colonies to being a new nation, containing 6 states.

In this unit we look at how and why this happened in 1901. We even give you the chance to see if you were a politician in 1901 if you would have been able to create Australia.

We also look at a lot of key ideas about the nation and lawmaking – including what ‘Federation’ is, what a ‘Constitution’ is, what is meant by ‘Parliament’ and  ‘Government’. We give you a chance to pass an Act of Parliament, and to create your own crossword puzzle to give to your friends and family to do.

This unit of study is presented as a website which includes interactive elements, videos, PDF and worksheets (in Word Doc format). The unit is compatible with computers and iPads.

Case study unit of work inquiry structure

  • Activity 1 Video Activity: How did Australia become a nation in 1901?
  • Activity 2 Understanding Key Concepts: ‘Federation’ and ‘Constitution’
  • Activity 3 Can you create the Australian nation?
  • Activity 4 Where did the Constitution come from?
  • Activity 5 Understanding Key Concepts: ‘Parliament’, ‘Government’ & ‘Law-making’
  • Activity 6 What are the key features of the Australian system of law & government?
  • Activity 7 Can you pass an Act of Parliament?
  • Activity 8 Create your own crossword

For Primary Students

• Australia as a Nation

Case Study Resources

  • Interactive website
  • Print Resources (PDF)
  • Worksheets (DOC)
  • High Quality Video
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