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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.

Have a look at what the Foundation publishes.

73 resources

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

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

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

County Court fact sheets

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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

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

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

Guides

Victoria's legal system

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

This page was last updated on March 15, 2018