|Scooped by Rebecca Mahar|
The Election Day animation by the AEC covers when and how federal elections take place.
It explains to students:
-when a Federal election is called;
-the parliamentary processes involved with the issue of writs;
-timeframes for enrolment and eligibility to vote;
-timeframes and eligibility to nominate for election;
-how ballot papers are constructed;
-what happens and who is involved with Election Day; and
-who counts votes and how long it takes for a result in the House of Representatives and Senate to be called.
It finishes off with a short quiz and has features throughout the video to pause, discuss and click on specific items for further explanation.
This resource requires students to have already covered the concepts of State and Federal parliamentary structures and systems (Stage 3 NSW K-6 HSIE Syllabus). This site provides a platform for students to explore their understanding of the election processes within the broader function of government.
The content could be applied to a range of work pieces to help students explain the electoral process, including:
1) A timeline of the election process:
Document numbers of days after first sitting of Parliament an election is called, days after closing date for enrolments that election is held, time after election that results are called etc.
2) Create a ballot paper:
Using the process outlined in the video, create a class ballot paper – this could then be used to conduct a class-based election.
Australian Electoral Commission (2011), Student animations and interactives - election day, Retrieved 29 March, 2014 from
Board of Studies NSW, (2006), Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus, Sydney: Board of Studies, Retrieved 29 March 2014 from