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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.

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102 resources

Part 1: The Coroners Court, 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.

Accurate at: 17 January, 2018

Drug Court

VCE unit 2

General Information on Drug Court (incuding brochures).

Accurate at: 17 January, 2018

Koori Court

VCE unit 2

General information on Koori Court (including brochures).

Accurate at: 17 January, 2018

Diversion programs

VCE unit 2

Information on being granted a diversion program.

Accurate at: 17 January, 2018

Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman

VCE unit 2

Factsheets and Brochures for resolving disputes via TIO.

Published: 2018

Aboriginal Law

VCE unit 2

Information on Aboriginal law, Mabo and Wik peoples' decisions.

Published: 2018

Learning

Civics & Citizenship

Information and fact sheets on parliament 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

Parliament Explains

Civics & Citizenship

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

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

Understanding human rights

Civics & Citizenship

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

Published: 2018

The judge and sentencing

VCE unit 2

How the role of the judge differs from that of the jury, and what factors are involved in sentencing.

Accurate at: 16 January, 2018

Bail and parole

VCE unit 2

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

Accurate at: 16 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.

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: 21 December, 2017

Resource

Testing the proof

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 3

How proof is tested in courts.

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: 21 December, 2017

Resource

Juries and evidence

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 3

The role of the jury, and how a jury decides the facts of the case.

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: 21 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: 15 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: 15 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: 15 November, 2016

Resource

Legal Briefs Episode 4 – Mabo

VCE unit 2

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: 15 November, 2016

Resource

Legal Briefs Episode 3 – The Constitution

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 2
VCE unit 4

Professor Cheryl Saunders talks about the 1975 Dismissal and some flaws in the Australian constitution, Professor Larissa Behrendt discusses the idea of sovereignty for Aboriginal Australians.

Accurate at: 15 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: 15 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: 15 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: 15 November, 2016

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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

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Various resources

Road safety in schools

VCE unit 4

Young people aged 18–25 years are about three times more likely to be killed in a car crash than older, more experienced drivers. One way to change this is to provide relevant driver safety education for schools.

The TAC (Transport Accident Commission) has developed a range of school resources that can be taught alongside the core road safety school program.

Published: 2016

Culpable driving courtroom drama

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: 23 February, 2016

Victoria Legal Aid
Various resources

Young people and the law

VCE unit 4
General

A range of educational resources, including teacher kits and videos, that focus on the kinds of legal issues that young people may face. For example, information on courts and the legal system, fines and infringements, police powers and your rights, public transport offences, sex and the law, and legal rights and responsibilities for young people.

Accurate at: 19 January, 2016

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: 20 November, 2015

Teacher resources
Various resources

Learning the law: fines and driving

VCE unit 2
General

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.

Accurate at: 20 November, 2015

Various resources

Magna Carta: The story of our freedom

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 2

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

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: Rights
Civics & Citizenship: Laws and citizens

Accurate at: 15 June, 2015

Sex, young people and the law
Various resources

Sex, young people and the law (education kit)

VCE unit 1
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: 2 June, 2015

Guides

3D interactive court room

VCE unit 3

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 3, Area of study 1: The Victorian criminal justice system
VCE unit 3, Area of study 2: The Victorian civil justice system

Accurate at: 1 June, 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

Various resources

Children's Court of Victoria

VCE unit 3

Provides information on the processes in the Children's Court of Victoria. Includes virtual tours of the courtroom and videos of mock hearings of a criminal case and an intervention order.

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

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

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 1

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 1, Area of study 1: Legal foundations

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

Various resources

Everyday-Law

General

A website that draws together the best legal information produced across Victoria. Includes information on common legal problems, the legal system and articles explaining current legal issues.

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 and VELS teacher notes, available here.

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2014

Various resources

Mediation

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

Published: 2014

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Consumer Affairs Victoria

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 2, Area of study 2: Remedies

Published: 2014

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 2

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

VCE unit 2, Area of study 1: Sanctions

Published: 2013

Various resources

Environmental law

VCE unit 1

Provides an extensive summary of environmental law in Australia, including a history of environmental law, environmental issues and current environmental legislation.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 3: Civil liability

Published: 2013

Guides

Victoria's legal system

VCE unit 1

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.

VCE unit 1, Area of study 1: Legal foundations

Published: 2013

Guides

Supreme Court of Victoria

VCE unit 3

An overview of the history, structure and role of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

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

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

Published: 2013

Various resources

Australian contract law

VCE unit 2

Provides a good overview of contract law, including what constitutes a legally binding contract, terminating a contract and remedies for breach of contract.

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

Published: 2013

Various resources

Street preacher case confirms limits on freedom of political communication

VCE unit 2
VCE unit 4

Provides an overview of the 2013 High Court decision Attorney-General for South Australia v Corporation of the City of Adelaide, which concerns the freedom of political communication implied under the Constitution.

Note: Cannot be used as example

VCE unit 2, Area of study 3: Rights

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

Published: 2013

Guides

Your day in court

VCE unit 1

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 1, Area of study 3: The criminal courtroom

Published: 2013

Teacher notes

Stories from the inside

VCE unit 1

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 1, Area of study 2: Criminal law

Published: 2013

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: VELS 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

Resource

What does a humane and effective justice system look like?

VCE unit 4

In this speech, the Honourable Frank Vincent AO QC, a former Victorian Supreme Court judge, shares his thoughts on what constitutes an effective and human justice system.

VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2011

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Guides

About the County Court

VCE unit 3

An overview of the history and current role of the County Court of Victoria.

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

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

Published: 2011

Role play

Danielle come to judgment

VCE unit 1
VCE unit 4

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 1, Area of study 2: Criminal law
VCE unit 4, Area of study 1: Dispute resolution methods
VCE unit 4, Area of study 2: Court processes and procedures, and engaging in justice

Published: 2011

Role play

Death at Blue Hills

VCE unit 3

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

Published: 2011

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: 2011

Various resources

Gist of it: the Constitution

VCE unit 2
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.

VCE unit 2, Area of Study 3: Rights

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

Published: 2009

Various resources

Gist of it: the courts

Civics & Citizenship
VCE unit 1

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.

VCE Unit 1, Area of study 1: Legal foundations
Civics and citizenship: Laws and citizens
VCE Unit 4, Area of study 2: The people, the parliament and the courts

Published: 2009

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