The Australian taxation system

SubjectEconomics YearSenior secondary Time90

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Introduction

Students learn about the size and composition of tax revenue and spending by all levels of government in Australia. They consider how all 3 levels of government in Australia work together to provide the goods and services Australians need.

Australian Curriculum or Syllabus

This activity addresses those aspects of economics curriculums that relate to the size of Australia’s public sector, the 3 levels of government, their responsibilities and the size and composition of tax revenue and spending by all levels of government.

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Video

The Australian Taxation system

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Video guide

The Australian Taxation system

 
Explainer

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Worksheet

The Australian taxation system

Suggested activity sequence

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  1. Play: The Australian Taxation System. This video is about the Australian taxation system.
  2. As they view the video, students complete the video viewing guide.
  3. Discuss student answers and any observations they have about the size and interconnected nature of the Australian taxation system.
  4. Students read the explainer, highlighting those taxes and items of expenditure they are unfamiliar with.
  5. Invite students to share the terms they are unfamiliar with and record them on the board. Ask other students to define these, clarifying misunderstandings or definitions as they do.
  6. Set the homework task of students finding the meaning of the words that remain on the board.
  7. Students complete the worksheet.
  8. Invite students to share the services they use each day that are provided by governments. Record these on the board under the headings: Federal, State, Local.
  9. Students write a quick response to the question: How do the goods and services funded by the Australian taxation system support you and society as a whole?
  10. Invite students to read what they have written.