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CEFA's Yaba Initiative

ADay in the Life


We all know that Australia has a great system of Government but how much do we really know about who does what? In this channel you have exclusive, behind the scenes access to the people who make things happen. From a local police officer to the Governor General right at the top, join the people of power for a day in their life with a back stage pass to see what they do every day.

A Day in the Life of the Governor-General

Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO is theGovernor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. She’s the first woman to hold the position. Her job is to represent Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. The Governor-General’s role is both complex and demanding. A C&C resource for studying the Australian Constitution, Federal Government and the role of the Governor-General in it.

A Day in the Life of a Member of Parliament – Mr Wyatt Roy MP 

Wyatt Roy was the youngest person to be elected to the Australian Parliament. He was just 20-years-old when people in his seat of Longman in Queensland voted him in. He’s now 22-years-old and still a Member of Parliament.  The Yaba team join him in his electorate and in Canberra at Parliament. A C&C resource for the role and duties of a Federal local member of Parliament, how an MP represents the local electorate as well as the nation.

A Day in the Life of a Senator - Christine Milne

Christine Milne is a Senator for Tasmania in Australia’s Federal Parliament and also the leader of the Australian Greens.  The Yaba team joined her during a busy day in Canberra which involved a media ‘door stop,’ a public speech and question time in the Senate. A C&C resource for the role of Senator, learn about the Australian Senate, the role of the leader of a major political party and policies of the Australian Greens.

A Day in the Life of a Premier – The Honourable Jay Weatherill MP

Being the Premier of an entire State is a full on job. Jay Weatherill is the Premier of South Australia. The Yaba team joined him during a busy day in Adelaide, which involved Executive Council; an Indigenous awards ceremony, and meeting with members of his Cabinet to discuss policy on the Murray Darling River. A great C&C resource for the role of State governments, the role of a Premier, campaigning elections for members of Parliament and the State levels of Government.

A Day in the Life of a Mayor – Mayor Michael Regan 

As the Mayor of Warringah Council on Sydney’s northern beaches, Michael Regan is always busy. One moment he’s listening to local resident’s concerns about poaching on the reef and what the Council’s rangers can do, the next he’s talking to kids about graffiti. A C&C resource for local government and the role of the Mayor in it, local government powers, local government as a protector for local communities, students can have conversation on particular issues local council are facing in their local community.

A Day in the Life of a Police Officer – Sergeant Shane McLennan

A day in the life of Sergeant Shane McLennan is never dull. He’s in charge of an entire division at Shepparton Police Station in Victoria. Whether he’s arresting drink drivers, running staff meetings, or overseeing another officer’s brief of evidence, this police Sergeant works very hard to execute the law. A great C&C resource for indigenous perspectives, how the police fit into the State level of government and how the legal system has laws that protect the community through policing on a daily basis.