Teacher resources

The best Civics & Citizenship and VCE Legal Studies resources in one place.

Finding up-to-date and interesting resources for your students can be hard. Victoria Law Foundation has made it easy by bringing them all together in one place. Search our database to find resources produced by the legal sector to support your teaching in Civics & Citizenship and VCE Legal Studies.

Have a look at what the Foundation publishes.

262 resources

Preventing motor vehicle crime by young people

General

Gateway Local Learning and Employment Network (Gateway LLEN) has launched new resources in partnership with Victoria Police to tackle the issue of car theft and culpable driving by young people. Funded by a grant from Victoria Law Foundation, the videos and resources will help teachers and guardians to talk to young people about the impact of motor vehicle crime.

Accurate at: 9 September, 2019

How the Referendum votes are counted

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 4

This video explains how the Australian Electoral Commission counts the votes for a Referendum: the requirement of double majority

Accurate at: 16 June, 2019

Three levels of government

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

A website explaining the three levels of government in Australia.

Accurate at: 16 June, 2019

Federation Factsheets

Civics & Citizenship

This collection of four fact sheets covers topics pertaining to our nations Federation. Topics include 'Referendums', 'The First Commonwealth Parliament' and 'Voting in the Federal Election 1903'. Each of the fact sheets comes with accompanying activity sheet.

Accurate at: 16 June, 2019

Voting activities for people with disabilities and learning difficulties

Civics & Citizenship

This series of activities are designed to explore the processes of elections and voting. Each activity is hands on and interactive.

Accurate at: 16 June, 2019

VLRC's Annual Report 2017-2018

VCE unit 3

A comprehensive report, relevant areas: Access to Justice-Litigation Funding and Group Proceedings, demonstrating one of the stages involved in effecting reform to the law.

Accurate at: 16 June, 2019

Jury Service in Victoria

VCE unit 3

This video details what to expect from jury service, what is required of jurors, and the restrictions which apply when attending for jury service.

Accurate at: 16 June, 2019

Voting in Australia

VCE unit 4

This colourful, 22 page magazine provides an comprehensive overview of the Australian electoral system.

Accurate at: 16 June, 2019

Civics and Citizenship in action: approaches and activities

Civics & Citizenship
Law Talks handouts
General

Study notes which are particularly relevant to students studying Civics and Citizenship. It includes classroom activities, questions and answers and case studies. prepared by Jim Ouliaris at Comview 2018.

Accurate at: 16 June, 2019

The Australian Constitution - Referendums: double majority

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 4

A factsheet which explains - using maps of Australia - what conditions must be met for a referendum to pass.

Accurate at: 16 June, 2019

Voting in Australia

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

This colourful, 22 page magazine provides an comprehensive overview of the Australian electoral system. It covers the development of our democracy in Australia, and explains how representatives are elected to the Federal Parliament.

Accurate at: 12 June, 2019

Constitutional Referendum Brochure

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 4

This brochure provides an outline of the referendum process, how Australia is a federation of states and has a national parliament. It includes a complete list of all referendums, and their outcomes, to date.

Accurate at: 12 June, 2019

The Australian Constitution alteration process

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 4

A flowchart which outlines the process of altering the Australian Constitution.

Accurate at: 12 June, 2019

Appointment, Role and Power of Judges

VCE unit 3

This fact sheet explains the appointment, role and powers of judges in the Victorian legal system.

Accurate at: 23 January, 2019

VCE Case Studies

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3

The material includes the Judge’s decision and orders as well as other relevant documents that provide background and context, such as the Summary of Prosecution Opening and submissions.

Accurate at: 23 January, 2019

County Court virtual tour

General

Take a virtual tour of the County Court.

Accurate at: 23 January, 2019

Year 11 and 12 court visits

General

The County Court Schools Program seeks to provide VCE Legal Studies students with a first-hand experience of the Victorian justice system. Students participating in the program are provided with a unique opportunity to meet and interact with a County Court judge and observe a proceeding before the court.

Accurate at: 23 January, 2019

County Court Educational Resources

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3

New County Court resources for Legal Studies teachers and students which includes fact sheets, films, virtual tour and case studies.

Accurate at: 19 December, 2018

County Court Criminal Division decisions

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3

Summaries of sentencing decisions for indictable crimes, such as serious drug offences, sex offences, violent offences, driving offences and fraud and dishonesty offences.

Accurate at: 19 December, 2018

County Court fact sheets

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3
VCE unit 4
General

14 fact sheets covering a broad range of the County Court's work. Each directly responds to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum.

Accurate at: 19 December, 2018

Episode 1: The Civil Courtroom

VCE unit 1

This series tracks the progress of a civil law matter involving a workplace injury. It introduces key stakeholders in the civil courtroom.

Accurate at: 19 December, 2018

Parliament of Victoria logo

Parliament's Learning & Teacher Resources

Civics & Citizenship
General

Parliament's VCE Legal Studies resources page where there is a series of new lesson plans addressing the relevant parts of the new curriculum.

Accurate at: 19 December, 2018

Civics and Citizenship in action: approaches and activities

Civics & Citizenship
Law Talks handouts
General

Study notes which are particularly relevant to students studying Civics and Citizenship. It includes classroom activities, questions and answers and case studies. Prepared by Jim Ouliaris at Comview 2018.

Accurate at: 19 December, 2018

VCE Legal Studies Films

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
General

The County Court has made eight short films tracking the progress of a criminal and civil case. Each directly relates to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum.

Accurate at: 19 December, 2018

County Court Logo
Guides

Justice in action: a study guide for teachers

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3

A study guide specifically designed for VCE Legal Studies teachers and students. It also provides fresh insights into the operation of the County Court of Victoria and the legal system.

Accurate at: 12 December, 2018

Fencing the neighbours

VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3
Justice system articles

Information about some common disputes, including: fences and trees, noise, pets, injuries on your property.

There is also information about what you can do if a dispute with your neighbour makes you fear for your safety.

Accurate at: 6 November, 2018

Law Talks Material: Study Notes for Unit 2 Legal Studies

VCE unit 2
Law Talks handouts

Study notes for Unit 2 Legal Studies students

Accurate at: 30 October, 2018

Five things you should know about the Mabo decision

VCE unit 4

Article outlining five key points from the Mabo decision, demonstrating a historic moment of an individual using the court system to influence law reform by helping establish the groundwork for the enactment of the Native Title Act (1993)

Accurate at: 9 September, 2018

Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000

VCE unit 4

The statute that established the VLRC, of particular importance is Part 2 Section 5 Functions of the Commission - Good companion to the Law Talks 2018 VLRC video.

Accurate at: 9 September, 2018

How we can help?

VCE unit 4

Video made by the Victorian Ombudsman that outlines their function as an independent investigative body - an example of how an individual can become involved in the law making process in a non-traditional way.

Accurate at: 9 September, 2018

Case study: Medicinal Cannabis

VCE unit 4

Case study demonstrating the role of the VLRC and how it investigates the need for reform in the law

Accurate at: 22 August, 2018

Donoghue v Stevenson

VCE unit 4

A brief video outlining the facts of the case, and the three legal precedents that came about from it.

Accurate at: 22 August, 2018

The 227 Recommendations

VCE unit 4

Lists the recommendations from the Royal Commission report on Family Violence, as well as updates on whether these recommendations have been implemented, useful representation of the lengthy process of responding to the need for law reform

Accurate at: 22 August, 2018

Powers and Jurisdiction of the Houses

VCE unit 4

Goes into detail regarding the legislative powers of Parliament, in particular outlining its executive, concurrent, and residual powers.

Accurate at: 21 August, 2018

Parliamentary Education Office Multimedia Resources

VCE unit 4

A list of short educational videos that summarily examine various important aspects of the Australian Government, including the Constitution, the roles of the various houses, and how bills are passed.

Accurate at: 21 August, 2018

Legal Education Resources

VCE unit 3

Resources for dealing with Infringements (focusing on migration law impacts), and motor vehicle accidents, and newly arrived and refugee employment law.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

VLRC's Annual Report 2016-2017

VCE unit 3

A comprehensive report, relevant areas: Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (p. 18), demonstrating one of the stages involved in effecting reform to the law.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Victims of Crime Assistance Act Consultation Paper

VCE unit 3

Consultation paper addressing supplementary terms of reference re the report into victims of crime. In particular, addressing the operation and effectiveness of the Act and the VOCAT.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

New Laws to Crack Down on Emergency Worker Attacks

VCE unit 3

Media Release from Premier Daniel Andrews regarding their proposed reforms of mandatory sentencing - example of recent reform attempts in order to further the principles of justice in sentencing.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Why mandatory sentencing fails

VCE unit 3

Article discussing the ineffectiveness of mandatory sentencing - critical analysis of recent reforms of the criminal justice system and how they do not achieve the principles of justice.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Self Representation

VCE unit 3

Fact sheets for a variety of areas of law including bankruptcy, fair work, and human rights and discrimination.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Legal Help

VCE unit 3

A resource designed at educating the public on current consumer law related issues, including private car parking fines and repurchase ACL proceedings repurchase of faulty/unsafe/damaged/or wrongly advertised goods.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

VCAT Practice Notes

VCE unit 3

Practice notes regarding various processes in VCAT, for example Civil Claims List General Procedures.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Victoria Ombudsman Publications

VCE unit 3

Access point to Ombudsman publications, including parliamentary and annual reports, fact sheets, guides, and action plans.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Review of the Adoption Act Report

VCE unit 3
VCE unit 4

Review to modernise the Adoption Act 1984, demonstrating the pre-reform investigatory stage within the context of adoption laws.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

Tree Neighbourhood Dispute Consultation Paper

VCE unit 3
VCE unit 4

Paper discussing the issue of neighbour tree disputes, relevant areas include: 3. Resolving neighbourhood tree disputes in Victoria, which helps illustrate various civil dispute resolution methods in a practical context.

Accurate at: 14 August, 2018

S140 – Civil proceedings: standard of proof

VCE unit 1

Direction notes for judges on the 'standard of proof' in civil cases.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

S141 – Criminal proceedings: standard of proof

VCE unit 1

Direction notes for judges on the 'standard of proof' in criminal cases.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Victorian Criminal Charge Book

VCE unit 1

A comprehensive resource to aid in researching the elements, defences, and origins of a criminal offence.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Civil Juries Charge Book

VCE unit 1

A comprehensive resource to aid in researching the elements, defences, and origins of a civil offence.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Koori Court

VCE unit 2

Overview of the Koori Court - an alternative approach to sentencing.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Drug court

VCE unit 2

Overview of the Drug Court - an alternative approach to sentencing.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Civil Law

VCE unit 2

Definition of civil law and current Victorian civil law reforms.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Sentencing Children and Young People in Australia

VCE unit 3

Details regarding the Criminal Division of the Children's Court - statistical profile of sentences, identifies changes over a decade, and data regarding young offenders in the higher courts.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Victorian Sentencing Manual

VCE unit 3

Judicial College of Victoria manual on sentencing, of particular use are:

  • Topic: 6 Sentencing Principles, and
  • Topic 7: Sentencing Purposes.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Publications

VCE unit 3

Publications addressing covering several topics about Aboriginal legal services, relevant regarding discussion regarding reform challenges due to historical and cultural reasons.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Victorian Legal System

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3

Basic summary of the characteristics of statute, common law, constitution and courts.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

About Community Legal Centres

VCE unit 3

Introduces the role of CLCs; area of relevance is Case Study - Central Highlands Community Legal Centre which outlines the case work of a CLC based in Ballarat.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Deakin Law Clinic

VCE unit 3

DLC is an example of a community legal centre that provides free legal advice to members of the community who are financially disadvantaged or otherwise experiencing difficulties accessing justice.

Accurate at: 13 August, 2018

Characteristics of an Effective Law: Year 11 Teacher and Student Resource

VCE unit 1

Characteristics of an effective law in a Western Australian context, with examples.

Accurate at: 6 August, 2018

Guides

Victoria's legal system

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 4

An easy-to-understand introduction to the legal system in Victoria. It explains where laws come from, as well as the role of courts and other legal organisations that make up Victoria's justice system.

Published: 2018

Part 2: Contrasting the adversarial and inquisitorial systems

VCE unit 2

Coroner Caitlin English of the Coroners Court of Victoria discusses the differences between the adversarial and inquisitorial systems, and explains how the Coroners Court fits in. She provides examples of how the Coroners Court contributes to public health and safety.

Coroner Caitlin English, Coroners Court of Victoria (part 2)

Accurate at: 21 February, 2018

Part 1: The Coroners Court, adversarial and inquisitorial systems

VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3

Coroner Caitlin English of the Coroners Court of Victoria discusses the differences between the adversarial and inquisitorial systems, and explains how the Coroners Court fits in. She provides examples of how the Coroners Court contributes to public health and safety.

Coroner Caitlin English, Coroners Court of Victoria (part 1)

Accurate at: 21 February, 2018

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal

VCE unit 3

VOCAT was established to acknowledge and provide financial assistance to victims of crime committed in Victoria, to assist them in their recovery from crime.

Accurate at: 5 February, 2018

FUSE

Civics & Citizenship

Start exploring resources aligned to the Victorian Curriculum. Find Content Codes in the the more details section of each resource.

Accurate at: 5 February, 2018

Role play

Danielle come to judgment

VCE unit 3
General

A fully scripted hearing designed to help students become familiar with the procedure for conducting a hearing in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria.

VCE unit 3, Area of study 1: The Victorian criminal justice system

Accurate at: 31 January, 2018

Sex, young people and the law
Various resources

Sex, young people and the law (education kit)

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3
General

A kit for educators to assist young people to understand their legal rights and responsibilities and make informed decisions about sex and relationships.

The kit covers the following topics:

  • age of consent
  • consent
  • cyber bullying
  • sexting.

Developed by Victoria Legal Aid and Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre.

Accurate at: 31 January, 2018

Victorian Ombudsman Factsheets

VCE unit 2

The Victorian Ombudsman has a range of fact sheets available to the public which provide a guide to using the services of the office & general complaint handling advice.

Accurate at: 30 January, 2018

Parliament Explains

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

Videos on how law is make, how parliament committees and elections work, democracy and legal systems.

Published: 2018

Teaching

Civics & Citizenship

Access to teacher resources including units, role-play lesson plans, parliamentary lesson plans, and mini-role play lesson plans.

Published: 2018

Drug Court

VCE unit 2

General Information on Drug Court (incuding brochures).

Accurate at: 16 January, 2018

Understanding human rights

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 2

Help students understand basic human rights concepts, the origins of modern human rights, and how human rights apply to everyday life.

Published: 2018

Bringing Them Home (2017)

Civics & Citizenship

Help students understand the issues surrounding the forcible removal of Indigenous people in Australian history.

Published: 2018

Bail and parole

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 3
General

The purposes of bail and parole, and how they differ.

5 Bail and parole

Accurate at: 15 January, 2018

The standard of proof

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 3

Why our legal system is based on proof, and how the standard of proof differs in criminal and civil courts.

1 The standard of proof

Unit 1, Area of study 2: The presumption of innocence

Unit 3, Area of study 1: The Victorian criminal justice system

Unit 3, Area of study 2: The Victorian civil justice system

Accurate at: 20 December, 2017

Resource

Legal Briefs Episode 6 – Criminal Intent

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 3

Barrister Robert Richter QC discusses an alleged underworld crime case he worked on, and how intent can be proved. Former Supreme Court Justice Betty King talks about the role of the judge and jury in criminal cases.

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

Resource

Legal Briefs Episode 10 – Mediation

VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3

Professional mediator, Tim McFarlane talks about the alternative of settling out of court in mediation. Kimi Nishimura worked on the Kilmore East Kinglake Black Saturday bushfire case that settled out of court, she talks about why they decided to do that.

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

Resource

Legal Briefs Episode 1 – What is Law?

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 1

Former Justice of the High Court Michael Kirby, Justice Susan Kenny, the Federal Court of Australia, and Justice Betty King, the Supreme Court of Victoria, talk about the nature of law and justice, its fluid and changing state.

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

Resource

The Big Issue – Workshops for Secondary Schools

Civics & Citizenship

The Big Issue Classroom offers three tailored workshops for secondary students. Led by a skilled facilitator, each workshop is designed to provoke thought and discussion through engaging activities. The workshop also gives students the opportunity to hear from a guest speaker who has experienced homelessness, disadvantage or disability first-hand. Students will be encouraged to think about the future of their communities, and the actions they can take to promote social justice.

Workshop costs:

  • $310 + GST per workshop for secondary and primary workshops
  • $230 + GST per workshop for junior primary workshop
  • $230 + GST per workshop for eClassroom delivery
    • School groups receive a 10 per cent discount when they book three or more workshops

Note: Teachers will need to book

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

Resource

The Big Issue – eClassroom

Civics & Citizenship

The Big Issue eClassroom delivers interactive workshops online to secondary schools around Australia. The eClassroom follows a similar format to our face-to-face workshops, with secondary students hearing from a trained facilitator as well as a guest speaker who has experienced homelessness.

Workshop costs:

  • $310 + GST per workshop for secondary and primary workshops
  • $230 + GST per workshop for junior primary workshop
  • $230 + GST per workshop for eClassroom delivery
    • School groups receive a 10 per cent discount when they book three or more workshops

Note: Teachers will need to book

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

Resource

Legal Briefs Episode 4 – Mabo

VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3

Barrister Bryan Keon-Cohen QC talks about the stages of the Mabo case leading to the final Mabo decision at the High Court, which set a new precedent. Professor Larissa Behrendt compares this with international judgments that deal with Aboriginal peoples.

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

Resource

Legal Briefs Episode 8 – Property

VCE unit 1

Gautam Mukherji and Richard Lancaster SC talk about how a single piece of property can have various rights, for instance a designer bag, or even a song such as Men at Work’s 'Down Under'.

Accurate at: 14 November, 2016

Victoria Legal Aid logo
Resource

Street law (education kit)

VCE unit 2

A kit for educators to assist young people to better understand their rights when dealing with police and Protective Services Officers (PSOs) in Victoria.

The kit covers the following topics:

  • giving your name and address
  • being found drunk in public
  • orders to move on and stay away
  • weapons searches
  • searches on public transport.

Developed by Youthlaw and Victoria Legal Aid.

Published: 2016

Culpable driving courtroom drama

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2
General

The National Trust of Victoria's new Culpable Driving Court Room Drama looks at the case of a young man, Kim Tran, who was charged with culpable driving in the County Court. The case is based on a real case, but names, dates and details have been changed to maintain the confidentiality of the original participants. This program includes new video projections and an updated script. This courtroom drama was launched in February 2016 and was funded by a grant from the Victoria Law Foundation.

Accurate at: 22 February, 2016

Victoria Legal Aid logo
Resource

Bike law

Civics & Citizenship
General

A bike rider's guide to road rules in Victoria.

Accurate at: 29 November, 2015

Role play

Respect me

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 1
General

The National Trust of Victoria, in partnership with the Gippsland Legal Service, has developed a courtroom drama entitled ‘Respect Me’, the purpose of which is to inform students of the dangers of inappropriate use of social media.

Accurate at: 19 November, 2015

Teacher resources
Various resources

Learning the law: fines and driving

Civics & Citizenship

An online suite of teaching tools for mainstream and secondary specialist school teachers covering public transport fines and driving on your learners.

It is suitable for students with a mild intellectual disability in years 8 to 12.

Fines

Driving

Accurate at: 19 November, 2015

Various resources

Magna Carta: The story of our freedom

VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3
VCE unit 4
General

A range of resources developed to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission the series of online educational resources explore the evolution of human rights since 1215 and the impact that Magna Carta has had on our human rights and freedoms in Australia.

The resources include:

  • Magna Carta: The story of our freedom interactive resource
  • The Magna Carta video
  • Magna Carta: The story of our freedom teacher resources

Accurate at: 14 June, 2015

Guides

3D interactive court room

VCE unit 2

A 3D interactive tool for students to explore a court room. The activity includes key roles that function in a court. It is a fun, yet educational tool for introducing the machinations of a courtroom to students.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Accurate at: 31 May, 2015

Various resources

Victoria's Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

VCE unit 2
General

The Victorian Charter of Human Rights contains 20 basic rights that promote and protect the values of freedom, respect, equality and dignity. This includes rights in criminal proceedings, such as the right to trial and the presumption of innocence. Follow this link to find out who the Charter applies to and how it works.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: Rights

Published: 2014

Resource

Teachers and students

VCE unit 4

Provides case studies that include a step-by-step description of the commission's law reform process. You can also organise a visit for your school and order or download resources for free.

VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: The people, the parliament and the courts

Published: 2014

Various resources

Parliament of Victoria education zone

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

Provides a range of education resources on the Victorian parliament and how it works. Includes information on tours.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 1: Legal foundations

VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: The people, the parliament and the courts

Published: 2014

Various resources

Environment Protection Authority

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2

Victoria's environmental regulator. Visit their website for information on Victoria's environment issues and for an overview of Victoria's environment legislation, the Environment Protection Act 1970.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: Civil liability

VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: Remedies

Published: 2014

Various resources

Classroom resources

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

Provides a range of activities on the electoral process, including information on referendums, election facts and figures, elections maps and ballot paper templates. The resources on this site includes: factsheets, videos, activity sheets and more.

Published: 2014

Various resources

Appearing in court

VCE unit 2

Provides information on the court processes in a criminal case, including giving evidence and the various roles that people play in a hearing.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2014

Resource

Learning hub

VCE unit 2

Provides educational information and academic articles on alternative dispute resolution methods, restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence and community justice.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2014

Role play

You be the judge

VCE unit 2

A series of four case studies for students to discuss, consider and apply the principles of sentencing. Students move through the case studies and decide the sentence for each of the offenders before comparing their sentences with that of the actual judge. Supported by teacher notes.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2014

Role play

You be the judge: virtual tour

VCE unit 2

You be the judge is a virtual tour that gives students the opportunity to participate in a sentencing hearing. There are four cases to choose from, all based on real-life matters. Students receive information from victims, offenders, prosecutors, defence lawyers and the judge before sentencing the offender. You be the judge: virtual tour is supported by You be the judge VCE teacher notes, available here.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2014

Various resources

Mediation

VCE unit 2
VCE unit 3

Provides an overview of mediation: what it is, who can use it, what disputes can be mediated and the advantages of choosing mediation to resolve disputes.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: Remedies

VCE unit 3, Area of study 2: The Victorian civil justice system

Published: 2014

Consumer Affairs Victoria logo
Various resources

Consumer Affairs Victoria

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2

Victoria's consumer affairs regulator. Find information on different areas of consumer law, including housing and accommodation, shopping and cars. You can also find videos on consumer law issues under the resources and education section.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: Civil liability

VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: Remedies

Published: 2013

Various resources

Victims of crime

VCE unit 2

Provides a good overview of the criminal investigation process. Includes information about different types of crime and going to court. Also includes videos.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: Rights

Published: 2013

Teacher resources
Guides

Police powers

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 3

Contains information about your rights when dealing with police, and covers topics such as arrest, being held in custody and searches.

Published: 2013

Guides

Your day in court

VCE unit 2

A guide for people going to the Magistrates' Court. It provides a good overview of the minor criminal offences heard in the Magistrates' Court.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2013

Teacher notes

Stories from the inside

VCE unit 2

A documentary about a group of young inmates at Port Phillip Prison, a maximum security prison in Melbourne. Teachers can use this documentary to explore the role of incarceration as a criminal sanction.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2012

Teacher notes

You be the judge: VCE teacher kit

VCE unit 2

This teacher kit contains the materials teachers need to deliver engaging classes on the principles of sentencing. Matched to VCE Legal Studies unit 2, it includes a teacher guide, four case studies and accompanying slides. This teacher kit is supported by the You be the judge: virtual tour.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2012

You be the judge: teacher kit

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 2

This teacher kit contains the materials teachers need to deliver engaging classes on the principles of sentencing. Matched to the Year 9 and 10 curriculum, it includes a teacher guide, four case studies and accompanying slides. This teacher kit is supported by the You be the judge: virtual tour.

Published: 2012

Role play

Dr Grant and his underpants

VCE unit 3

A fully scripted model mediation designed to show students the procedure for the mediation of a dispute. Based on the real case of Grant v Australian Knitting Mills Limited. Also demonstrates the effectiveness of mediation as a method of dispute resolution.

VCE unit 3, Area of study 2: The Victorian civil justice system

Published: 2010

Role play

Death at Blue Hills

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2

This partly scripted model criminal trial helps students gain a practical insight into the rules of evidence and procedure of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2010

Various resources

The Australian Consumer Law

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 3

Visit this website to find out information on the Australian Consumer Law and its enforcement.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: Civil liability

VCE unit 3, Area of study 2: The Victorian civil justice system

Published: 2009

Various resources

Gist of it: the parliament

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

In this interview, Dr Nick Economou discusses the role of parliament and the process for passing laws in Australia.

Ep03 The Parliament FINAL JVC

VCE unit 1, Area of study 1: Legal foundations
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: The people, the parliament and the courts
Civics & Citizenship: Government and democracy

Published: 2008

Various resources

Gist of it: the Constitution

VCE unit 4

In this interview, Professor Cheryl Saunders, one of Australia's leading experts in constitutional law, speaks about the role of the Constitution in Australia's legal system, including how the Constitution protects certain rights.

Ep01 The constitution FINAL JVC

VCE unit 4, Area of Study 1: The people and the Australian Constitution

Published: 2008

Various resources

Gist of it: the courts

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 1
VCE unit 3
VCE unit 4

In this interview, former Justice of the High Court, The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, discusses the role of the courts in Australia's legal system and explains the difference between common law and statute law.

Ep02 The Courts FINAL JVC

​​Civics and citizenship: Laws and citizens

Published: 2008

ACCC logo
Various resources

Consumers

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 2

A Commonwealth statutory authority that enforces competition and consumer law, and promotes competition and fair trading. This website provides a wealth of information on consumer law.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: Civil liability

VCE unit 2, Area of study 2: Remedies

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: The law in focus

Electoral Pocketbook

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

This compact, comprehensive guide to the 2016 election can be used as a valuable reference for a variety of classroom activities. This document sets out Australian Curriculum Descriptors, Civics and Citizenship Elaborations with related Pocketbook references.

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