Australia as a Nation: Immigration


Australia as a Nation: Immigration is a webquest unit based on the Australian Curriculum: History domain for Year 6. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the diverse groups of people who came to Australia and their reasons for coming to Australia. The Australian Curriculum History Achievement standard states that students need to identify change and continuity and describe the causes and effects of change on Australian society.

Curriculum: History

Year level: Year 6

Keywords: nation, democracy, citizenship, immigration, migration, refugee


Students use relevant sources to investigate Australia as a nation using the relevant key inquiry questions of this year level, in the context of migration:

  • How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?
  • Who were the people who came to Australia?
  • Why did they come?
  • What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?

They will:

  • identify questions and develop a hypothesis to investigate an individual or migrant group from another country
  • locate and compare a range of relevant historical sources
  • compare information in sources to answer inquiry questions
  • develop and deliver a presentation to explain the significance of the contributions of one individual or migrant group from another country to the development of Australian society.


Multimodal: Research and create a PowerPoint or Sway of your work to upload to Google classroom for Teacher and Peer feedback.

Start by Developing a hypothesis (must be included in your presentation):

Review findings from sources and choose one individual or group to investigate.

Write a hypothesis about the significance of the selected individual or group to the development of Australia. This will frame your inquiry:




Planning and identifying questions

Locate historical information in primary and secondary sources about the experiences of an individual or group of people who have migrated to Australia from Asia. Use a range of resources that may include:

  • interviews with family or community members
  • photographs
  • personal journals
  • internet
  • museums and library catalogues to find material.

Use the following inquiry questions to gather evidence about the experiences of an individual or migrant group:

  • Who were the people who came to Australia?
  • When did they arrive here?
  • Why did they come to Australia from their country of origin?
  • How have they contributed to the development of Australian society over time? 

Locating and identifying sources

Locate primary and secondary sources of evidence that will help you to find answers to your questions. Record the sources in the table in our google classroom. 

Examples of sources to look for:


Remember these are examples you may use or you can locate other resources yourself.


Assessment of: The development and delivery of multimodal presentation (PowerPoint or Sway) to explain the contributions made by a particular group of people to the development of Australia.

Assessment of your work will be done using the Marking Matrix called WebQuest and Assessment located in our google classroom.


You have now completed your interview, research and data show. You have been given a time to present to your peers.

You have investigated migration experiences which have contributed to making Australia a multicultural society.

The last step in this process is to write an evaluation of how you worked with your partner. Remember to include the things that worked well and things that didn't. What future improvements could you make in research and project work? How could you improve your collaborative learning?  Please complete on a googlre doc. and share in our Google classroom.



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