The Chinese Australian Forum, supported by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, has developed a bilingual civics education course for the Chinese Australian community to improve the community’s understanding of and engagement in Australia’s democracy.
As Australian citizens, Chinese Australians are required to vote but sometimes have a limited understanding of the system in which they are voting. This not only leaves them vulnerable to misinformation but is also a barrier to their more active participation in Australian politics. We want to encourage Chinese Australians to engage fully in our democratic processes, and through this, ensure Chinese Australian voices are heard in our political debate, Chinese Australian views are represented in policy and Chinese Australian representatives are present in our parliaments and leadership.
The course has been developed by academic authors and reviewed by an expert academic review panel. It deals with questions such as:
Overview of the Civics Education Course
Civics Education Course Example Topics
What is democracy and how does it work in Australia?
How does democracy affect our everyday lives?
Separation of Powers & Levels of Government
What does separation of powers mean in Australia?
What are the key differences between Commonwealth, State, and Local Governments?
How can citizens get more informed about and involved in the democratic process?
How is the Prime Minister elected?
How does voting work?
How do you make sure your vote counts?
Our civics education course has been delivered in person through a series of community workshops starting in NSW, but we hope to extend the concept nationally.
The entire course is also available online, through videos and digital resources. To request access to the online civics education course, please request access below.