This Site Study is an inquiry-based examination of a historically and culturally significant location. it provides a virtual tour of NSW Parliament House and assists students to develop an understanding of how the NSW Parliament House site reflects the State history, politics and society from colonial to present times.
This resource is specifically aimed to support:
Inside NSW Parliament – a site study supports the understanding of key concepts, such as civics, citizenship and parliamentary democracy. The virtual tour of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council of the parliament site informs students of the different roles and functions of the Lower and Upper House.
Students use information, arguments and reasoning to demonstrate their understanding of the roles and functions of the symbols, objects and layout of the site. Students evaluate and gain a deeper understanding by considering scenario proposals and ‘think about’ questions which promote debate and analysis on Reconciliation, the significance of the chamber design layouts for open government, the way the voting system in the Upper House makes it easier for small parties to be represented and the sequence of a Bill from proposal to enactment.
Students are challenged to research and create their own virtual public exhibition of significant artefacts in the Fountain Court at NSW Parliament House. This problem-solving activity requires the student to choose from a selection of artworks, documents and objects from the site and archives to design an exhibition which reflects a theme or story of democracy at Parliament House.
Students learn about the procedures and purpose of Committee work through a video explanation and a scenario task based on a choice of relevant topics and the role of a Committee member or a person making a submission to the Committee. They consider a range of significant public issues and different and sometimes conflicting perspectives.
This resource is designed to model skills for substantive communication and facilitate discussion about the key features and role of the Parliament House site for the state and its citizens.
Clear criteria are provided with the more significant activities to inform students about the learning they are expected to demonstrate
The resource contains Flash activities that are interactive, with audio-visual elements. Students can analyse video clips, explore panorama photographs of the main areas of Parliament House which have roll-over information and extension pop ups, create their own virtual exhibition, pan along the streetscape of historical buildings on Macquarie Street East,
The resource is designed to allow learners to study the different areas and functions of NSW Parliament House at different depths and at different times. Not all activities have to be attempted. Nor is the order in which activities are to be completed prescriptive.
The video virtual tour introduction by the Deputy Speakers of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council uses parliamentary experts to give authentic knowledge of the layout, symbols and procedures of both Chambers.
The resource activities allow students to make connections between classroom knowledge and situations outside the classroom, such as civics and citizenship and how the state Parliament operates and how it affects their lives.
The official NSW Parliament website.
A Parliamentary activities and resources book for teachers. (PDF 2,721kb)
Information about the way parliament works.
A printable crossword to test your knowledge of NSW Parliament.
A focus on Australian civics and citizenship.
Units of work with the theme of democracy.
A chronological view of democracy from 1788 to now.
Information about the design and significance of the State coat of arms.
Information about the Sustainability Program initiated within the NSW Parliament House site.
Information Sheet 02 of the NSW Parliament (PDF 128kb).
Information Sheet 04 of the NSW Parliament (PDF 39kb).
Legal Studies Year 11-12 article by Graham Spindler , Education Manager NSW Parliament.
A classroom activity from the NSW Parliament Education Section (PDF 225kb).
The official website of the NSW government.
Australia has different levels of government. The state system should be understood in the context of the Federal system in existence since Federation in 1901.
Key aspects of the Australian Constitution.
The website for Australia’s Public Affairs Channel, with a focus on Parlaimentary .
Worksheets on the Federal Parliamentary process.
The following group of sites allows some comparative study of other democratic parliamentary systems.
The official site of the Federal Parliament House in Canberra
The official site of the New Zealand Parliament.
The official site of the United Kingdom Parliament at Westminster in London.
The national parliament of the United States.
An overview of the origins of the bunyip aristocracy speech and significance
Brief dictionary meaning and background.
A transcript of Daniel Deniehy’s speech which started the ‘bunyip aristocracy’ theme.
Find out what a bunyip is.
Federation – Becoming a nation worksheets (from A-Pac).
A five-question junior level quiz about Australian Federation.
Overview of the lead up to Federation. Federation and Women’s Suffrage.
Federation Facts – The Federation story outline
The Australian Centenary of Federation website.
Follow a role play scenario to better understand aspects of Federation. (PDF 55kb)
The Australian Dictionary of Biography online life of Sir Henry Parkes.
This includes his electorates, periods as premier and Parliamentary Committee work, such as the Federation of the Australian Colonies Committees.
A brief biography of Henry Parkes on the Australian government civics and citizenship site
A focus on Henry Parkes’ Tenterfield speech.
Former Premier Bob Carr’s speech about Parkes. to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Parkes' Tenterfield Address.
A profile of Tom Roberts’ portrait of Henry Parkes which is in NSW Parliament House.
This ABC program has various audio formats of re-enactments of Parkes key speeches.
Australian Dictionary of Biography online.
National; Library of Australia – a series of information images and text slides on the theme of ‘toward federation’.
National Library of Australia’s Federation Gateway – a few paragraphs on Barton.
A short life from the Australian Dictionary of Biography
A short life from the Australian Dictionary of Biography’s short life of George Frederick Braund
Enter search words for Braund and Larkin to research Australian War Memorial data.
Jack Lang – the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
The nature and impact of the Great Depression and the role of J D Lang..
The National Archives resources on Lang.
A Teaching and learning unit on the times and circumstances of the dismissal of Premier Lang.
The following section contains an overview of the role of the Premier, a focus on Dismissal of Premier Jack Lang and references to relevant sections of the NSW constitution.
The official NSW Parliament site summary.
A printable book (PDF 1,285kb)
The ABC site on the women’s vote.
The following are information links to the sites of the Streetscape of Macquarie Street East.