06 November 2009

New Australian citizenship resource for schools

A new resource kit on Australian citizenship is to be provided to school children across the country to give students a greater understanding of civic responsibilities and what it means to be an Australian citizen.

The school resource book – I am Australian: Exploring Australian Citizenship – is designed to help teachers to deliver in-depth lessons on Australian citizenship and civics to upper primary and lower secondary school students.

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said the school resource book will help students better understand the meaning and significance of Australian citizenship.

“Knowledge of Australian citizenship and civic responsibilities is important for all Australians, no matter how they became citizens," Senator Evans said.

“This will be a valuable learning tool for all students, not only for those who have come here from other countries, but also for those who have lived all their lives in Australia.”

The school resource book contains classroom activities which are linked to the curricula of each state and territory and are specifically designed for upper primary and lower secondary school students. The activities relate to Australia’s democratic beliefs, Australian citizen case studies and what it means to be an Australian citizen.

The first step towards Australian Citizenship for many foreign nationals is emigrating to Australia under the Australian Skilled Migration  scheme.  

 Complete the Online Skilled Visa Assessment

 The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with Australian visas, the first step on the road to permanent residency and Australian Citizenship

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