Year 9 Civics and Citizenship


In this subject, you will learn about Australia’s political and government systems. You will also explore and learn about Australia’s role in the global community. We will investigate Australia’s justice system, including the courts, with a focus on the High Court of Australia. The question of “What does a diverse and democratic society look like?” and the role of citizens, are also examined.

What do you do?

You will complete activities including:

  • contributing to and participating in class discussions
  • answering questions on what you have learned
  • writing in your individual blog where you have the opportunity to express your opinion on different topics
  • viewing videos on different issues and developing a broad understanding of content learnt.

There are also opportunities for students to challenge themselves with optional activities.

What skills do you develop?

In this course you will:

  • evaluate features of Australia’s political system, and identify and analyse the influences on people’s electoral choices
  • compare and evaluate the key features and values of systems of government, as well as analyse Australia’s global roles and responsibilities
  • analyse the role of the High Court and explain how Australia’s international legal obligations influence law and government policy
  • explain the key principles of Australia’s system of justice and analyse the role of Australia’s court system
  • analyse a range of factors that influence identities and attitudes to diversity
  • evaluate a range of factors that sustain democratic societies
  • analyse ways you can be active and informed citizens in different contexts, taking into account multiple perspectives and ambiguities.




You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. Weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

Things you can do now

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.