Local Conventions and Secondary Schools' Parliamentary Convention

The Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Program aims to provide opportunities that support the civic learning and active participation in democratic processes of all Victorian students through local, state and national parliamentary programs and in school activities, and to support the professional learning of civics and citizenship education.

Local Constitutional Conventions provide Years 9 – 12 students with the opportunity to discuss contemporary social and legal issues, and especially those relating to the Australian Constitution. Local Constitutional Conventions in 2018 need to be conducted in May or June. The Victorian Department of Education and Training provide funding of $1000 to each school selected to host a Convention. There are six funded opportunities available. We encourage you to host a convention and invite your local network of schools to attend. To see where these conventions are being held, please visit the NCS website late March 2018.

Around 100 students who attended one of the local school conventions or similar Civics and Citizenship activities across Victoria will be eligible to apply to attend the Secondary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention which will be held at Parliament House, Melbourne on Wednesday 12 September 2018. The topic is ‘Does the Constitution meet the needs of modern Australia?’ Students from Years 9-12 can nominate to attend. A Principal/teacher needs to attend with each student group. Transport should be arranged by the school and the school must ensure that students are present for the entire program.

How to apply

An application form for the Local Constitutional Conventions will be available for download from our website on Wednesday 31 January 2018. The instructions of how to apply for the Secondary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention will be advised at the Local Constitutional Conventions and an application form will be available on our website on Wednesday 18 July 2018.

Key Dates

Expressions of Interest to host a Local Convention open
Wednesday 31 January 2018
Expressions of Interest to host a Local Convention close
Monday 12 March 2018
Local Conventions run
May and June 2018
Secondary Convention Expressions of Interest open
Wednesday 18 July 2018
Secondary Convention Expressions of Interest close
Friday 3 August 2018
Secondary Convention at Parliament House, Melbourne
Wednesday 12 September 2018
National Schools Constitutional Convention
2019 (TBC)

For more information on the Victorian Students' Parliamentary Program, please download the 'Information for schools' document available on this page.

National Curriculum Services
Telephone: 03 9415 1299
Email: info@ncsonline.com.au

2017 Hansard Transcript - Secondary Convention

2017 Program - Secondary Convention

2018 Information for schools