Australian Federation Reasons For and Against


Discuss and explore the reasons for and against Australia’s Federation with your students and create a fun foldable activity to explain these reasons.


Generate class discussion and explore the ideas and arguments for Federation in Australia with your Year 6 HASS -Australian History Class

This is a great interactive activity to help students explore the various arguments and points of view in the decision making for Australian Federation. (ACHASSK134) It could be used during class discussion/exploration into the reasons for and against OR it could be used as an assessment task.

Students sort statements “For” and “Against” Federation and use the templates enclosed to complete a foldable activity to show their understanding.

Everything you need is included in this file including answers.

Exploring Federation can be a bit “dry” but by making it interactive and creating interesting and engaging activities I hope to help both teachers and students enjoy this important Australian History topic!

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Australian Curriculum Content

You can tick off the following Curriculum descriptors!

✓ ACHASSK134 – Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia’s Federation and Constitution

✓ ACHASSI127 – Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present.


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Year 5, Year 6, Year 7



Resource Type

Assessments, Unit of work, Worksheets


Civics and Citizenship, HASS, History



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