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This unit presents a learning sequence for Year 6 students to develop their historical inquiry skills by investigating the key immigration policies and programs Australia has implemented, identifying a range of reasons for migration.


The learning sequence is a chronological sequence of Australian migration highlighting key events from post Federation to present day.


Individually and as a group students will inquire and produce narratives of contributions to the development of Australian society by individuals and/or groups who migrated based on evidence from their exploration and examination of historical sources. Throughout the learning sequence students will have opportunities to contribute to discussions and critical and creative thinking strategies to explore ideas, pose questions, reflect upon new understandings and consider the bigger picture.


The varied stories of migration to Australia over the twentieth century provide students with the opportunity to examine historical perspectives and cultural influences from their own sense of place, their own state or territory.

In 1954 the 50,000th Dutch migrant arrived in Australia.

Teaching and Learning Sequence:

Activity 1 - First Impressions

Activity 2 - Why do people immigrate to Australia?

Activity 3 - Immigration policies – how did the policies, acts and schemes change our nation?

Activity 4 - Immigration policies – how did the policies, acts and schemes change our nation? Part 2

Activity 5 - What was life like after World War II?

Activity 6 - Why do people immigrate to Australia? Their Story.

Activity 7 - What’s in my suitcase? My Suitcase, My Story.

Activity 8 - When did my family immigrate to Australia? Our Story.

Activity 9 - The Arrival

Activity 10 - Authentic Learning Task

Activity 11 - ‘Journey to Australia’ day

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