School programs by year group

The NT Electoral Commission (NTEC) has designed specific education programs linked to the Australian Curriculum in civics and citizenship for different year groups. All programs include an interactive PowerPoint presentation and culminate in a mock election and vote counting exercise. Sessions run for forty-five minutes and there can be up to sixty students at a time.

These programs can be delivered in your classroom, at Parliament House as part of a wider civics excursion or in our offices in Darwin and Alice Springs. If your school is outside Darwin or Alice Springs, and we are unable to visit at a certain time, the programs can be delivered using Skype via the Department of Education. There is also a specific program for Aboriginal students at remote schools - see remote schools programs.

Years 3-4

Curriculum Knowledge and Understanding content covered:

  • The importance of making decisions democratically.

Resources

Ballot paper

Candidate prompt cards

PowerPoint presentation

Teacher instructions - voting and counting

Mock election theme: Choose your favourite fruit.

Years 5-6

Curriculum Knowledge and Understanding content covered:

  • The key values that underpin Australia's democracy.
  • The key features of the electoral process in Australia.
  • The roles and responsibilities of Australia's three levels of government.
  • Responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy.

Resources

Ballot paper

Candidate prompt cards

PowerPoint presentation

Teacher instructions - voting and counting

Mock election theme: How would you improve your school?

Year 7

Curriculum Knowledge and Understanding content covered:

  • The process for constitutional change through a referendum.

Resources

Ballot paper

Candidate prompt cards

PowerPoint presentation

Mock referendum theme: A proposed law to allow the personal use of fireworks on special days.

Years 8-10

Curriculum Knowledge and Understanding content covered:

  • The freedoms that enable active participation in Australia's democracy.
  • How citizens can participate in Australia's democracy.
  • How citizens' political choices are shaped at election times.
  • Key principles of Australia's court system (brief, when defining democracy).

Resources

Ballot paper

Candidate prompt cards

PowerPoint presentation

Teacher instructions - voting and counting

Mock election theme: Characteristics of a good representative.

Years 10-12: future voters

Students in Years 10 to 12 are at an age where they can legally enrol (16 years) and will soon be voting. This talk is designed to re-fresh their civics knowledge and prepare them as future voters; including the completion of an enrolment form on the spot! The talk includes information about how to enrol, how to vote, different voting systems, and concludes with a mock election. The presentation and election are one hour combined.

Resources

PowerPoint presentation

Teacher instructions - voting and counting

Stage 1 and 2 legal studies

This program is ideally suited to Legal Studies students, but it is available to any school or adult group. The following content is covered:

  • Democracy in detail: electoral processes and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, political culture, rights and freedoms.
  • Australian democratic structures and how these work in the Northern Territory: Separation of powers; Constitution; representative government; responsible government.
  • Systems of voting in Australia: first past the post; preferential; proportional representation.

Resources

PowerPoint presentation

Activity - Democracy index

Activity - NT democratic structures

Preferential voting

Ballot paper - pre-filled

Instructions - voting and counting

Proportional representation

Instructions - reading proportional represetation results

Results sheet - proportional representation