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Books in our Library on Australian Government
What Does it Mean to Be ... (series) by
Call Number: 994.0099 PEA
The Prime Minister of Australia
A Citizen of Australia
A Member of the Australian Parliament
The Governor-General of Australia
So You Want to be Prime Minister? by
Call Number: 352.23 BRA
How Government Works (series) by
Call Number: 320.994 BAR
Workings of Government
Who's Who in Politics
Federal, State and Local Government by
Call Number: 320.494 STE
Civics Australia (series) by
Call Number: 320.494 MEE
Federal, state and Local Government
Voting and Elections
Understanding Australia's Government (series) by
Call Number: 320.80994 BRU
3 books: Federal Government; State and Territory Government; Local Government
What is an Australian Citizen? by
Call Number: 323.6 BUL
Call Number: 321.8 WOO
How Parliament Makes Laws
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Three Levels of Government
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Structure of the Australian Government
Australia's political system is based on the Westminster system. Westminster is the name given to the system of parliamentary democracy used in countries such as Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and is named after the area in central London where the Parliament of the United Kingdom is located. All state and territory parliaments in Australia follow the Westminster system.
The essential features of the system are:
- An executive government is determined by a democratically elected lower house.
- The head of government is the Prime Minister, who leads a cabinet which is responsible to the lower house.
- An opposition exists, led by the leader of the party or parties with the second largest number of seats in the lower house.
- The presence of a constitutional monarch who is "above politics" and acts on the advice of the Prime Minister.
- There is a career public service which impartially serves the government of the day.
- The armed services are outside of politics and act on the instructions of the government.
- The rule of law prevails, with an independent judiciary, subject to the Constitution.
There are three recognised branches of government in the Westminster system: the legislature; the executive; and the judiciary.
Australian Democracy (Upper Primary Society and Environment) by
Call Number: 323.0994 ETH
The Australian Civics and Citizenship Teacher's Handbook by
Call Number: 323.0994 GRE
Year 6: Civics and Citizenship by
I am Australian: Exploring Australian Citizenship: Upper Primary Unit - Teacher's Resource Manual
I am Australian: Exploring Australian Citizenship - Lower Secondary Unit
Call Number: 323.60994 AUS
Call Number: 320.994 DIS
Politics in Australia
Call Number: 320.994 CAT
SOSE Civics for Queensland by
Call Number: 320.4 KEN
Explore Your Parliament - 328 QLD