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Teaching students about Australian values

Students will learn about Australia’s democratic values and political process with new resources for teachers.

The Morrison Government will provide $1 million to create new teaching resources to improve how civics and citizenship is taught. The resources will be rolled out to teachers starting later this year.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said only 38 per cent of Year 10 students were proficient in civics and citizenship.

“We need to ensure students know government works and have a deep knowledge about the history of politics in this country,” Mr Tehan said.

“Australia has a proud democracy where every adult citizen is expected to vote and has the opportunity to engage in the political process.

“Our country is stronger when we have informed citizens who understand their responsibilities and the consequences of their actions.

“Our Government will develop innovative resources to help students learn about our democracy, our system of government and our values.

“The Morrison Government is investing in resources to keep Australians together because we understand that the future of our democracy relies on the next generation of Australians being engaged citizens.

“Civics and citizenship education is, in the end, about safeguarding our democracy.”