Democratic Principles

Australian Citizens
At St Augustine’s we are committed to nurturing an environment which actively enables the development of effective Australian citizens who have an awareness of the values and systems which underpin our democracy.


We strive to ensure that our children develop:

  1. An understanding of, and commitment to, Australia’s democratic system of government, law and civic life
  2. The capacity to clarify and critically examine values and principles that underpin Australia’s democracy and the ways in which these contribute to a fair and just society and a sustainable future
  3. These values/principles include – Care and Compassion, Doing Your Best, A Fair Go, Freedom, Honesty and Trustworthiness, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion
  4. The knowledge, skills and values to enable active citizenship and the capacity to act as informed and responsible citizens
  5. An appreciation of the local, state, national and global rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic life
  6. An appreciation of the experiences and heritage of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples and their influence on Australian civic identity and society
  7. An appreciation of the uniqueness and diversity of Australia as a multicultural society and a commitment to supporting intercultural understanding within the context of Australian democracy
  8. An understanding of the ways citizens and governments contribute to environmental sustainability in local and global contexts and a commitment to adopting values, behaviour and lifestyles required for a sustainable future
  9. An appreciation of the influence of media, information and communication technologies on the views and actions of citizens and governments
  10. An understanding of historical perspectives on Australia’s development as a democratic nation
  11. An understanding of the ways in which governance structures from other countries are similar to, or differ from, democracy in Australia.