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Quick Geography Activities


These activities are free and involve students investigating various aspects of Australia's population. You can view all the activities as webpages or download Word (.doc) files and modify them to suit your needs.


IDTitleSuggested LevelOverview

GeoQ_01What is Australia's population?Years 6–8This activity uses the Australian population clock on the home page of the ABS website and looks at how the Australian population grows.

GeoQ_02Comparing Indigenous and Non–Indigenous population pyramidsYears 5–7This activity compares the Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous population pyramids. The extension activity makes a comparison with neighbouring countries.

GeoQ_03 Where do Australians come from?Years 5–7This activity looks at the regions of birth for Australians in 1999 and 2009.

GeoQ_04 Which countries do Australians come from?Years 5–7This activity places the main countries of birth of Australia's population on a world map and researches information about them to feed into a class quiz.

GeoQ_05 How diverse is the Australian community?Year 7This activity explores the connection between country of birth, language and religion for Australia.

GeoQ_06A Draw a population pyramid for AustraliaYears 7–8The activity provides recent statistics on the age and sex of the Australian population as the basis for the construction of a population pyramid using either a diagram provided or graph paper.

GeoQ_06B Draw a population pyramid using ExcelYears 7–8The activity provides recent statistics on the age and sex of the Australian population as the basis for the construction of a population pyramid using Excel.

GeoQ_07How has Australia's population structure changed over time?Years 7–10This activity illustrates the changes to the Australian population structure between 1901 and 2006.

GeoQ_08What is the distribution of population in Australia?Years 8–10This activity looks at the distribution of population through the size and location of rural and urban localities.

GeoQ_09What is the best way to represent the distribution of population in Australia? Years 8–10This activity asks students to compare a dot distribution with a choropleth map to represent the distribution of population in Australia.

GeoQ_10What is the distribution of the Indigenous Population in Australia?Years 8–10This activity investigates the distribution of population of Indigenous Australians.

GeoQ_11Which State or Territory is this?Years 8–11This activity provides a population pyramid for Australia's States and Territories. The students are asked to identify each pyramid and recognise some of their characteristics.

GeoQ_12Population Change: Growth and DeclineYears 8–12This activity investigates natural increase of population in Australia's States and Territories. Students map the highest and lowest increases, compare their distribution and consider how communities plan for these changes.


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