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Australia’s Government. Australia’s Government. Australia has a federal parliamentary democracy . There are three key factors that determine Australia’s government: form of leadership type of legislature role of the citizen. Form of Leadership.

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Australia s government

Australia’s Government


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Australia’s Government

  • Australia has a federal parliamentary democracy.

  • There are three key factors that determine Australia’s government:

    • form of leadership

    • type of legislature

    • role of the citizen


Form of leadership

Form of Leadership

  • Queen Elizabeth II (England) is the head of state.

    • She does not run the country, but she signs laws, approves elections, and is commander-in-chief of the military.

  • The prime minister recommends someone to represent the Queen in Australia—the governor-general.

  • The prime minister is the head of the government & has the most political power.

    • leader of the political party with the most members in the Commonwealth Parliament


Type of legislature

Type of Legislature

  • An elected government operates the country.

  • Every 4 years, citizens who are over 18 vote for members of parliament.

  • Parliament meets several times a year and makes laws that affect how Australians live.

  • There are 2 houses of the Commonwealth Parliament:

    • House of Representatives

    • Senate


Type of legislature1

Type of Legislature

  • House of Representatives: Australia is divided into areas called electorates; people living in each electorate vote for a person to represent them in parliament.

    • elected person becomes the MP of the House of Representatives for that area

  • Senate: people from each state and the 2 territories elect 12 people to be their senators


Role of the citizen

Role of the Citizen

  • democracy: voters choose the lawmakers

  • Everyone who is 18 or over is required by law to vote.

    • Citizens can be fined or go to court if they don’t vote.

  • Citizens vote for MPs -- the leader of the party that gets the most votes becomes the prime minister.

  • Voters do not vote for the head of state (Queen), the governor-general, or directly for the prime minister.


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Role of the Citizen

  • Australians enjoy many freedoms.

    • freedom of religion, speech, job choice, travel, etc.

  • They can vote for the leaders that make laws and lead the country.

  • Their level of freedom is similar to what people have in the United Kingdom & the United States.


Your task

Your Task:

  • Create a brochure that informs others about Australia’s government. Please include a section for each of the following:

  • 1. Leadership

    • Describe the 3 leaders

  • 2. Legislature

    • Describe the 2 houses of Australia’s Parliament

  • 3. Role of the Citizen

    • Who gets to vote? What freedoms do citizens have?


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