A 2014 Lowy Institute poll found only 60% of Australians believe that ‘democracy is preferable to any other kind of government’ and only 42% of 18-29 year-olds in 2014 see democracy as preferable to any other kind of government.
Declining knowledge, engagement and interest in most areas of democracy highlights it is a national imperative to deliver Civics and Citizenship Education (CCE) into every classroom in Australia. Our Australian way of life is threatened if our youth are not encouraged to be active and engaged citizens and members of our community.
CEFA’s mission is to deliver measurable improvements in Australians’knowledge, understanding of attitudes towards, and engagement with the history and operation of our Australian Constitution and the system of government that operates under it and our civic heritage more generally. The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is collaborating with CEFA to provide evidence-based measurement reports for the expected individual student improvements. As CEFA projects are implemented there is no doubt we will see improvements in attitudes towards the Australian democracy.