The Chinese Australian Forum, supported by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, is developing 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 will be developed by academic authors and reviewed by an expert academic review panel. It will deal with questions such as:
Our civics education program will be delivered digitally, through videos and printed materials as well as through a series of community workshops. Starting in NSW, we hope to extend the concept nationally, as well as to other migrant groups. Express your interest below to receive program updates and
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We invite you to complete this 3-minute survey to help us understand what you know about Australian politics and what you would like to learn more about.
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