VCE Australian history - units 3 & 4

Guide for VCE Australian history students

Power & resistance (1957-1998)

Students investigate how Australian democracy and society were challenged in the post-colonial world that emerged after 1945 and the extent to which these challenges were influenced by perspectives of, and events in, other nations.

The end of World War Two saw increased challenges from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples claiming citizenship and land rights, struggles for improved workers’ rights and conditions, the push for women’s equality and demands for LGBTIQA+ rights.

Over this time there was increasing awareness and acceptance of social movements and protests as a feature of Australian democracy. (VCE History Study Design 2022–2026 p.61)


Research Guides

Aboriginal land rights

Equality for women

LGBTIQA+ rights



To every woman - money power freedom Carol Porter Red Planet archive


Stop work to stop world war gamble

Stop work to stop world war gamble Riley and Ephemera collection

Attention Minister for Migration Julie Shiels H2003.90/310

Attention Minister for Migration Julie Shiels   H2003.90/310