The new Centre of Democracy showcases the evolution of democracy in South Australia. Discover the people and ideas that have shaped our past and explore the role young people have determining the future. A deep understanding of Australia’s federal system of government and the liberal democratic values that underpin it is essential in enabling students to become active and informed citizens who participate in and sustain Australia’s democracy.

The Centre of Democracy will assist students to:

  • Explore what democracy is.  Why democracy? How are decisions made democratically?
  • What is democracy in the Australian context?  Why was this system instituted in Australia?
  • Explore the key values of Australians society for example- freedom of election and being elected, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, expression and religious belief
  • Explain the factors that contributed to federation and the development of democracy
  • Who were the key individuals?
  • What is your role as a citizen?
  • How do we use democratic processes to reach consensus on a course or action relating to a civics or citizenship issue
  • Explore the experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and  rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children
  • Develop skills in critical analysis- why are Aboriginal Australians still marginalised? 

The gallery will be open monthly in the evening for Teacher Twilight Sessions to explore how you can use this valuable resource in your teaching.

Education programs will be targeted to teachers of Civics and Citizenship, HASS, History, Geography, Legal Studies, Research Project, and English.

If you would like to hear more about our school programs please contact our education officers at