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Learn about Australia’s roles and relationships in the world, including trade and economic development, defence and peacekeeping, and scientific and cultural collaboration.
Explore how Australians’ relationship with the natural world changed over the 20th century as we recognised the aesthetic, scientific, cultural and life-sustaining importance of the environment.
Learn about the experiences, achievements and struggles of First Australians since Federation and their contribution to Australian life, laws and culture.
Learn how Australia became a nation and how we make laws and elect people to represent us in Parliament.
Explore the development of Australia’s approach to health and social welfare and how attitudes and government policy changed during challenging times.
Learn about Australian scientific research and technological innovation, including their importance for the challenges of the past and future.
Discover how Australian society and culture have been shaped by legislation, changing community attitudes and an increasingly connected world.
Explore Australia’s role in war and peacekeeping: the decisions that led to our involvement, the impact of new weapons and technologies, and the ways that people, communities and countries were affected.