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Task 1: The History of Immigration in Australia

Q1: Within a group of 4, discuss and write down the meanings of the following words: external image australia-aborigines-460.jpg

- Immigration
- Diversity

- Culture
- Community
- Multiculturalism
- Nation
- Migrant
- Refugees
- Asylum Seekers
- Indigenous

Using resources such as the internet, library resources, dictionary, etc. check whether you are correct. Discuss your answers with the whole class.

Q2: Australia has a long history of immigration dating back to the first settlers in 1788. Using the following website, create a timeline of the key events in immigration history:

Immigrants arriving by boat in the 1950's
Immigrants arriving by boat in the 1950's

The following website has a template to help you create a timeline. Choose 6 - 8 key events to document:


Answer the following:
a. For how long has Australia been culturally diverse?
b. Where did the early migrants come from?

c. What might have caused them to migrate to Victoria?
d. What ideas and experiences might migrants have brought with them?

Q3: Conduct a survey of all the students in your class. First complete the table below, and then find out your classmates cultural backgrounds. Create a graph to present your findings and then work out the percentage of each country.

You may use the following website for your graph:
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Find someone who....
Name of Person
Has travelled to New Zealand

Can count to 5 in German

Comes from an island in the Pacific

Can name 4 different styles of pasta

Has a parent who was born in Asia

Can say ‘hello’ in 5 different languages

Knows the name of the local Indigenous people

Play a sport that originated in England

Knows the main religion of Indonesia

Can name the head covering worn by Muslim women

Has a grandparent born in Australia

Likes nachos, burrito’s and other Mexican food

Knows the country in which St. Patrick’s originated

Has eaten at an Indian restaurant

Can name 1 country that borders China

Speaks another language at home

Can name 3 different French foods

Has a parent born in Europe

Takes off their shoes before entering their home

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a. What does the data say about immigration in your class? Share your findings.

For a national perspective, have a look at some statistics for the Top 30 birthplaces which make up the Australian population:

b. How does the class data compare with the national? What may be the reasons for any variations in your findings?

Follow the link below to complete a quick quiz about cultural diversity within Australia. (please complete Level 2):

Task 2: Why did/do people migrate to Australia?

There are many reasons why people may migrate to Australia. Let’s have a look at a real life story:

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Q1: With a partner, choose 2 of the following real life stories and then answer the following questions:


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a. Why did he/she leave their home country?
b. What opportunities can/has Australia provided for him/her?
c. What contributions will or has he/she made to Australia?

Task 3: What are the contributions/impacts of immigration in Australia?

So you now have some understanding as to why immigrants chose/choose to come to Australia. But how does Australia benefit from allowing immigrants to enter?

Q1: Think about your community and the nation as a whole; what has been positively influenced by multiculturalism. Brainstorm with a partner and make a list.

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The following link may give you some ideas about the occupations/skills immigrants have brought with them over the years:

Q2: One of the benefits of immigration we see almost everyday is the variety of multicultural foods in Australia. Answer the following questions:

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a. Spaghetti Bolognaise
b. Chow Mei
c. Yorkshire Puddin
d. Baklava
e. Haggis
f. Goi Cuon


Q3: Australia has not always benefited from immigrants. In the early days, before we had alot of knowledge about the landscape of Australia, immigrants brought with them plants and animals. Some of these plants and animals have had a negative impact on the environment and are now considered pests. Within a group of 4, choose one of the following introduced animal pest species:

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- Rabbi
- Cane Toad
- Feral cat

- Feral goat

- Feral pig
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- Description of the introduced animal
- The country it originated from
- How the animal was first introduced (eg. by boat with immigrant passengers)

- Why the animal was introduced
- Reasons why this animal is considered a pest (environmental implications)

You may use the following resource:

Task 4: Preparation for the Interview

Using the following question matrix template, think of some questions in preparation for your interview with an immigrant:


Choose 10 questions from the matrix you believe to be the most valuable to be passed onto the Australian Government. Remember: The Government is most interested in what contributions that person has made to Australia.

Task 5: The Interview

Finally here’s your chance to put all your knowledge about immigration into practice!! Your final task is to conduct an interview with someone who has migrated to Australia from another country. This person may be a parent, grandparent, friend or relative in your community. You are to use the question matrix during the interview and then develop a case study report on your findings; you will be expected to present your information to the class during an oral presentation. The case studies will then be compiled into a booklet and passed onto the Australian Government.

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Click on the 'Evaluation' link to find out how you will be graded.