Initiatives

Engaging all Australians with the history and operation of the Australian Constitution and its contemporary relevance.

All CEFA projects are about the practical implementation of civics and citizenship in the classroom. CEFA enables teachers and students in the active application of learning and content resources that are translated into participatory projects and programs. The attached report provides a summary of CEFA projects in schools undertaken over the past ten years. It also discusses innovative ways for ongoing teacher professional development and CEFA school projects planned for 2015 and beyond.

CEFA is the only civics and citizenship provider supporting the implementation of parliaments in Australian schools although there are some support materials and experiences provided by other organizations. CEFA plans to add substantial resources 2015 and beyond to support schools in providing the authentic experience of a Parliament working within the school. Another project filling a gap in schools civics and citizenship content has been keeping up to date with important constitutional debates. CEFA delivers these resources through Yaba; a film and video based interactive digital teaching and learning resource with online forums for teachers and students interaction. An example is the issues surrounding the proposed referendum on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

CEFA’s Governor-General’s Prize is regarded as one of the most prestigious essay competitions in Australia. Each year, the Governor-General’s Prize gives Australian undergraduates the opportunity to investigate issues concerning the history and operation of the system of government that operates under the Australian Constitution. Finalists are interviewed by a panel of distinguished academics which is chaired by a different Justice of the High Court of Australia each year.