Promote active citizenship among your students

These educational resources target three age levels, each focused on a different student inquiry


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Years 3-6
Inquiry focus: Active citizenship

At a glance:

  • What makes an Australian of
    the Year candidate?
  • What do these people demonstrate about being an Australian citizen?

Australia Day celebrations

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Years 5-7
Inquiry focus: National identity

At a glance:

  • What do Australia Day celebrations, Citizenship Ceremonies and pledges and the Australian of the Year Awards tell us about our sense of ourselves as Australians?

Exploring Australian of the Year Awards

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Years 7-8
Inquiry focus: Diversity and cohesion

At a glance:

  • What do the Australian of the Year Awards say about a changing and diverse Australia?



Aussie of the Month (AOTM) is a primary school recognition program focusing on personal endeavour, achievement and contribution to the community.

AOTM is delivered by the same network that presents the Australian of the Year Awards.  The national awards recognise leading citizens who are role models for us all, who inspire us through their achievements and active citizenship, and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia.

Many schools have successfully integrated Aussie of the Month into their civics and citizenship curriculum by using the program to generate discussion about participation and involvement outside of the school community.

Visit the Aussie of the Month Website