Focus Area 5A4 Australia in Its Regional and Global Contexts

The place of Australia in the world

Australia’s location in relation to its near neighbours and their territorial boundaries
Students learn to:
  • locate Australia in the Asia–Pacific region and the world

Australia’s regional and global links

The ways Australia interacts with other nations including:
    • aid
    • communication
    • culture
    • defence
    • migration
    • tourism
    • trade
    • sport
Students learn to:
  • collect data to identify and locate nations with which Australia has regional and global links and describe the nature of the links
  • communicate findings that demonstrate Australia’s links in its regional and global context

At least ONE regional and global link chosen from aid, defence, migration or trade:

The nature of the link
The roles of the government and of non-government organisations in relation to the link
Treaties and/or agreements relevant to the link
Cultural, economic and geopolitical advantages and disadvantages to Australia
Social justice and equity issues in Australia and other countries
Students learn to:
  • describe the link and identify countries involved
  • explain the roles and actions of different levels of government in relation to the link
  • discuss the importance of relevant non-government organisations in relation to the link
  • identify and describe the purpose of a treaty and/or agreement relevant to the link
  • outline the importance of the treaty and/or agreement to the countries involved in the link
  • analyse the advantages and disadvantages of the link to Australia
  • recognise implications for social justice and equity in relation to the link

Future challenges for Australia:

Current and future population trends:
    • growth rates, age structure and spatial distribution
    • government population policies to manage population growth
Implications of population trends:
    • ecological sustainability
    • population movement and urban planning
Students learn to:
  • identify and discuss government population policies:
    • growth rates
    • refugees
    • migration
  • analyse current and future population trends and their implications

Human rights and reconciliation

Future challenges for Australia in relation to:
    • human rights
    • reconciliation
How other nations have responded to these challenges
Strategies to address the challenges
Students learn to:
  • identify human rights agreements
  • describe responses of individuals, groups and governments in Australia to these challenges
  • compare the responses of Australia and other nations to the challenges
  • recognise implications for the international community
  • suggest strategies Australia can adopt to address the challenges better in the future