Tax, services, and the division of powers

SubjectNSW Commerce YearStage 5 Time150

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Introduction

Students learn about the roles and responsibilities of the 3 levels of government, including the division of powers. They explore these responsibilities in relation to the collection of tax and the services that each level of government provides to the community. This activity culminates in an assessment of their understanding of the value of tax.

Australian Curriculum or Syllabus
  • applies consumer, financial, economic, business, legal, political and employment concepts and terminology in a variety of contexts COM5-1
  • examines the role of law in society COM5-3
  • analyses key factors affecting decisions COM5-4
  • evaluates options for solving problems and issues COM5-5
  • explains information using a variety of forms COM5-8
  • works independently and collaboratively to meet individual and collective goals within specified timeframes COM5-9

Related Stage 4 outcomes: COM4-1,COM4-3,COM4-4, COM4-5, COM4-8, COM4-9

Related Life Skills outcomes: COMLS-5, COMLS-12, COMLS-13

Content descriptions

Core 4: Law, Society and Political Involvement

The role and structure of the legal system

Students:

  • describe the roles and responsibilities of the three levels of government, including the division of powers (ACHCK048)

Teacher resources

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Video

Village and the boy named Tax

Student learning resources

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Explainer

The division of powers

 
Interactive

The division of powers

 
Explainer

Tax, services and the three levels of government

 
Worksheet

Taxes and spending

 
Assessment task

The benefits of tax

 
Explainer

Government services and you

Suggested activity sequence

This sequence is intended as a framework to be modified and adapted by teachers to suit the needs of a class group. If you assign this activity to a class, your students will be assigned all student resources on their 'My learning' page. You can also hand-pick the resources students are assigned by selecting individual resources when you add a work item to a class in 'My classes'.

Part A: Develop understanding

  1. As a class, read the Division of powers – Explainer.
  2. Students consolidate their understanding of the division of powers by completing the Division of powers – Interactive
  3. Students read the Tax, services and the three levels of government – Explainer and complete the worksheet.

Part B: Demonstrate understanding

  1. Ask:
    • Where does the money come from to pay for the road outside the school?
    • Who pays for the sports fields we play on?
    • Who pays for the hospital that treats our illnesses?
    • Where does the money come from for these services?
    • Why are the services provided by government called ‘public services’?
  2. Play: Village and the Boy Named Tax. This video highlights a high school student’s perspective of the value of tax in the community.
  3. Students work in pairs or groups to complete the assessment task. To do this, they will need copy of Government services and you – Explainer