Democracy is when people have a say in the governing of their country, for example by electing people to represent them in a parliament. Many forms of government are democratic; other forms of government are not democratic.
Australia is a representative democracy.
A representative democracy is a system in which the people vote for delegates to represent their interests in a parliament. In Australia, members of parliament are elected to the Senate or the House of Representatives to represent the Australian people and make laws on their behalf.
Other representative democracies include:
If you would like a comparison of the Australian and other representative democracies, check out the Parliament and Congress Closer Look and Parliament of Australia and People's Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia (MPR) Closer Look resources.
Other forms of government which you might want to research include: