How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century to become more equal?

Case Study Overview

Today we expect all Australians to have equal citizenship rights and responsibilities. This involves such things as voting at elections, being free from discrimination or prejudice, getting equal pay for equal work, and being treated with dignity and respect.

This has not always been the situation. It took a long time for some Australians, including women, Indigenous Australians, Indigenous children, orphans and migrants to win equal rights.

In this unit we explore ways in which groups have won equal rights over time in the Australian community.

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 Pre and post activity quiz
  • Activity 2 What are citizenship rights?
  • Activity 3 Introductory video about equal rights
  • Activity 4 How did Indigenous Australians gain full citizenship rights over time?
  • Activity 5A Children’s rights – the Stolen Generation
  • Activity 5B Children’s rights – the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants
  • Activity 6 How did women gain full citizenship rights over time?
  • Activity 7 Migrant (including refugees) and citizenship rights over time in Australia

For Primary Students

• Australia as a Nation

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