Australia as a nation

This Stage 3 learning sequence comprises two short historical inquiries where students explore the people who came to Australia and why they came. This learning sequence can be conducted over four weeks.

Inquiry 1 is a guided inquiry in which students use primary and secondary sources to investigate the reasons people migrated to Australia from 1945, with a focus on post-war British and European migration.

Inquiry 2 is a student-led inquiry in which students record an oral history of a migrant person’s experiences of migration and produce a short documentary to communicate their story.

Key inquiry questions

  • Who were the people who came to Australia? Why did they come?
  • What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?


A variety of assessment strategies and tools are used throughout the Australia as a Nation learning sequence to support monitoring of student learning and inform next steps for teaching and learning. These strategies and tools are applicable to a broad range of teaching and learning experiences.


Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from History K–10 (2012) Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012

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