History gives you back your past. In the same way as individual people need memory to shape identity and plan for the future, communities need history to give dimension and meaning to the present. Without an understanding of the past, the present doesn't make much sense.
History students explore the lives of men and women in the past, and the social, political, economic and cultural structures of past communities, so as to understand the world today. To put our lives in the twenty-first century in a broad perspective, to appreciate Australia's relationship with the world, to understand how other cultures and countries have developed, we need to study history.