Teacher guide Pacific Islanders in Australia

TLF ID M017775

This is a unit of work about how Pacific Islander labourers were brought to Australia, how they were treated, and how Australian Pacific Islanders continue to contribute to Australian society today. Intended for years 9 and 10, the resource consists of four single- or multi-lesson activities, titled Australian Pacific Islanders; Recruitment and working conditions; Deportation and descendants; and Australian Pacific Islanders today. Activities include examining and evaluating sources, and creating tables, timelines, debates, presentations, and role-plays. The resource provides an extension activity and links to further information, video and audio clips, articles, digital resources, and other resources about cultural diversity and globalisation.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for the Making a nation depth study and for the Historical Skills strand in year 9 history curriculum. It concentrates on three content descriptions in the depth study that refer to the experiences of non-Europeans in Australia prior to the 1900s; living and working conditions around 1900; and legislation 1901-1914. It provides valuable opportunities for students to develop their historical skills. The skills emphasised connect closely to content descriptions about using chronological sequencing; evaluating sources; analysing the perspectives of people from the past; and developing texts that use evidence.
  • The fourth part of the unit of work, Australian Pacific Islanders today, is of considerable value for the Rights and freedoms depth study in the year 10 history curriculum. It provides an important context for content descriptions that refer to the continuing nature of efforts to secure civil rights and freedoms in Australia, such as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the contribution of migration to Australia's changing identity as a nation and to its international relationships.
  • Student activities in the unit of work aid the development of a number of the general capabilities, particularly Literacy, Intercultural understanding and Critical and creative thinking. They are especially relevant to the Literacy organising elements of comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing, and composing texts through speaking, writing and creating; and the Critical and creative thinking elements of recognising culture and developing respect in intercultural understanding; and inquiring - identifying, exploring and organising information and ideas.
Year level

9; 10

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Organization: Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Description: Contributor
  • URL: http://www.dfat.gov.au
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • URL: http://www.australia.gov.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • © Commonwealth of Australia 2014. Unless otherwise indicated, this material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 Australia (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 AU) licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/au/.