Glossary (Version 8.4)

A system of government where power is vested in the people, who may exercise it directly or through elected representatives, and who may remove and replace their political leaders and government in free and fair regular elections.

People participating in person and directly on issues they seek to change, within the bounds of the law.

An intention to act or behave in a way that is influenced by knowledge, skills and values acquired as a citizen.

Vesting of powers within different levels of government. Under the Australian Constitution, the Commonwealth Government was vested with specific powers while the states retained general powers. In practice, the distribution of powers has become increasingly centralised over time.