Local Parliamentary Conventions 2022

Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Program: Local Parliamentary Conventions 2022

Secondary schools can apply now to host a Local Parliamentary Convention in 2022 with the support of National Curriculum Services, as part of the Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Program (VSPP).

The VSPP provides opportunities throughout the year for students and their schools to engage in immersive Civics and Citizenship activities aimed at improving students’ understanding of parliamentary processes.

National Curriculum Services (NCS) is contracted by the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) to deliver the VSPP. The Local Parliamentary Conventions are one component of the program.

Local Parliamentary Conventions
Each year DET provides the opportunity for up to eight secondary schools to host a Local Parliamentary Convention as part of VSPP. Each convention involves exploration of a political question and culminates in a day of guest speakers, debate and a final vote on the chosen topic, simulating a parliamentary vote. Schools are strongly encouraged to invite other local schools to participate on the day to strengthen the diversity of perspectives on the day and share the benefits of the event more broadly.

The program provides the opportunity for schools to:

  • Further explore the civics and citizenship curriculum
  • Encourage student voice and provide students with the opportunity to express their views
  • Allow students to share their ideas and thoughts with students from other schools
  • Learn about topical issues from experts
  • Build partnerships with other schools

Funding available
Each host school is provided with a grant of $1,000 to assist them in organising the convention.

Expectations of Host School
NCS will work with schools to assist in the planning and delivery of convention on the day. Selected host schools will need to undertake the following:

  • Select an appropriate topic that complements the Victorian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. Some previous topics that have been addressed include: 
    • Does Australia still need a Head of State?
    • Should we continue to celebrate nationhood in the 21st Century and if so, how and on what date?
    • Freedom of speech versus hate speech. Where should the legal and social lines be drawn?
    • Should the Australian Constitution be amended to include a Bill of Human Rights?
  • Organise program, venue (usually at your school), speakers and relevant stimulus material for the convention. NCS will assist you with this process.
  • Invite other local schools to attend with maximum numbers of students around 120-150 (subject to health requirements and social distancing).
  • Conduct the convention during Terms 2 or 3. Term 4 is also acceptable if requested.  

Please note, the ability for schools to meet face-to-face is subject to current medical advice at the time. Public schools should also follow the advice provided by the Department of Education in the School Operations Guide.

Schools who are open to delivering a hybrid model (online and in person) to enable rural and regional students to join their convention virtually, or in response to unforeseen COVID-19 restrictions (if necessary) will be viewed favourably and should indicate this on their application.

For more information 
Should you have any queries please contact Christine Reid or Nancy Mai on 03 9415 1299 or christine.reid@ncsonline.com.au or nancy.mai@ncsonline.com.au

Please note that these local conventions had limited capacity, schools are asked to please contact the relevant host school directly to secure a place for their students.

The Mac. Robertson Girls' High School

Date: Wednesday 8 June 2022

Topic: Should the Australian system of government change to be more representative?

Contact: Miguel Regalo

Email: miguel.regalo@macrob.vic.edu.au

Reservoir High School, Reservoir

Date: Thursday 31 July 2022

Topic: Is social media the main reason for our current social dilemma?

Contact: Shannon Lazarus

Email: Shannon.Lazarus@education.vic.gov.au