An Australian Republic? - For the Teacher

The overall aim of this research unit is for students to become fully acquainted with the ongoing debate about the institutions of Australian democracy, and be able to participate in them as an informed citizen. To that end, they will be required to investigate the debate about an Australian republic, and to design thier own campaign or campaign strategy for or against the proposition of an Australian republic. They may choose to explore this unit on their own, or as a group.

Key Learning Areas: Studies of Society and Environment/History

Year Level: Middle/Upper Secondary

Lesson Duration:

 8-10 lessons


  • Data collection
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Reporting
  • Presentation
  • Evaluation
  • Application of research


  • Empathy
  • Co-operation
  • Individual and collective responsibility
Focus Questions
Should Australia become a republic, and, if so, how should the new head of state be chosen, and what powers should they have?

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