The politics of Australia take place within the framework of a federal constitutional parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy . Australians elect parliamentarians to the federal Parliament of Australia , a bicameral body which incorporates elements of the fused executive inherited from the Westminster system , and a strong federalist senate , adopted from the United States Congress . Australia largely operates as a two-party system in which voting is compulsory .
This section of the website provides a number of sources that will enhance the teaching of civics and citizenship in Australian schools. They are: Throughout the Discovering Democracy Units a number of student activities directly relate to the content of these sources.