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ACARA Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

Content description ACHHK114

Humanities and Social Sciences / History / Year 6 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / Australia as a Nation
Content description
Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders, migrants, women, and children.
  1. the lack of citizenship rights for Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia, illustrated by their early classification as flora and fauna, controls on movement and residence, the forcible removal of children from their families leading to the Stolen Generations, and poor pay and working conditions
  2. describing the significance of the 1962 right to vote federally and the 1967 referendum
  3. investigating the stories of individuals or groups who advocated or fought for rights in twentieth-century Australia (for example Jack Patten or the Aborigines Progressive Association)
  4. investigating the experiences of democracy and citizenship of women (for example the suffragette movement, the bar on married women working, equal pay, the Sex Discrimination Act 1984)
  5. investigating the experiences of democracy and citizenship of migrant groups (for example internment camps during World War II; assimilation policies, anti-discrimination legislation, mandatory detention, pay and working conditions)
  6. investigating the experiences of democracy and citizenship of children who were placed in orphanages, homes and other institutions (for example the nature of their food and shelter, education and contacts with family)
Cross-curriculum priorities
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
General capabilities
  • Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Intercultural understanding