VCE (years 11 & 12)


Making the Law 

Making the Law satisfies the requirements of VCE Legal Studies Unit 4: The People and the Law. It explores the legislative process: how laws are made by our elected representatives in the Parliament of Victoria.

The two videos in this series follow a junior reporter as he tracks a bill from its inception through Cabinet and both houses of Parliament to signing by the Governor to become a law, or an Act of Parliament.

Each person we meet on the journey explains how their input contributes directly to the legislative process: the Premier, Leader of the Opposition, a Minister (the Attorney General in this instance), and the Presiding Officers and Clerks of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. A former Supreme Court judge describes the role of the Victorian Law Reform Commission and comments on the drafting process, and a senior lecturer in politics at Monash University offers extra insight to contextualise the process along the way.

This video is supplemented by the pamphlet   How a Law is Made (pdf,403.29 Kb)

Transcript:   pdfMaking the Law transcript.pdf121.56 KB



From Westminster to Spring Street: Governing Victoria

  Duration: 17 minutes

This title outlines the evolution of Victoria’s system of government from a colony to now. It covers the historical factors in the development of Victoria’s Westminster-influenced system of government. It looks at the idea of responsible or accountable government as it applies to the interaction of the legislative and executive branches.

From Westminster to Spring Street has been produced for an adult audience and is suitable for upper secondary and tertiary students. It provides useful background for students of VCE Australian and Global Politics: Unit 3 and VCE History: Unit 3.

    Transcript: pdfFrom Westminster to Spring Street transcript.pdf89.92 KB

Parliament Explains

How Parliament makes laws

How Parliament's Committees Work

How Parliament's Elections Work

Lesson plans

A series of lesson plans aligned to the VCE Legal Studies curriculum (2018-2022), relevant to Unit 4, AOS 1, Outcome 1, and Unit 4, AOS 2, Outcome 2.

Unit 4, Area of Study 1, Outcome 1: Roles of the Crown and Houses of Parliament

pdfUnit 4 AOS 1 - Teacher Guide.pdf668.31 KB

pdfUnit 4 AOS 1 - Roles of the Crown and Houses of the Victorian Parliament in Law-Making: Student Learning Activity.pdf705.33 KB

Unit 4, Area of Study 2, Outcome 2: The People, the Parliament and the Courts

pdfUnit 4 AOS 2 - Teacher Guide.pdf477.28 KB

pdfUnit 4 AOS 2 Module 1 - Introduction to Parliamentary Commitees: Student Learning Activities.pdf664.56 KB

pdfUnit 4 AOS 2 Module 2 - Committee inquiry on lowering the driving age: Student Learning Activities.pdf753.42 KB

pdfUnit 4 AOS 2 Module 3 - Committee into end of life choices: Student Learning Activities.pdf776.48 KB

pdfUnit 4 AOS 2 Module 4 - Evaluating the effectiveness of a committee to influence law reform: Student Learning Activities.pdf1.17 MB

  pdfUnit 4 AOS 2 Module 5 - Inquiry into Medically Supervised Injecting Centres: Student Learning    Activities.pdf1.09 MB


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