Online Primary Schools' Parliamentary Convention

We invite you to register to join us for the inaugural Online Primary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention, offered as part of the Victorian Students Parliamentary Program (VSPP). 

About VSPP

The Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Program (VSPP) is a Victorian Department of Education and Training initiative that consists of a series of student conventions, which provide students with opportunities to learn about Australia's constitution and systems of government. Students learn through participation in informed, parliamentary style debates on a range of topics affecting Australia's democracy. Schools from all sectors can opt-into the program to support the teaching of civics and citizenship education in their school. The Primary School program is designed for years 5 to 6 students. 

On behalf of the Victorian Department of Education and Training, we invite all Victorian Primary Schools to register their interest in participating in the Online Primary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention. The convention will be hosted by National Curriculum Services and supported by presentations from keynote speakers. It will be stream in live on Zoom in three half-day-sessions over two school weeks.

Convention Topic

The topic for the Convention is Food, Shelter and Education should all be basic human rights but for many Australians that is just not the situation. Australia could increase income tax to ensure everyone has a home, food and education.

Should the Australian Government increase the minimum tax rate to 50 cents in each $1 for those who earn over $120,000 per year to enable the Government to provide for everyone?

Convention Format

The online convention will be held across three half day sessions over two weeks. Each day will commence at 9:30am and conclude at 12:45pm. 

These sessions will include opening statements from students, classroom discussions, keynote speakers, opportunity to ask questions and a final vote on the topic. Discussion groups will take place offline in classrooms in each participating school followed by report back sessions online with all other participating schools. 

Please note that participation in the convention is designed for classroom learning, and requires students to gather in a classroom with the session facilitated there by a teacher. You and your students will be connected online with other schools.

To participate, you will be required to have one laptop or computer with a camera and a microphone. If possible, a portable projector or screen is needed for your classroom students to view the speakers. A good internet connection will be required.

An outline of the program of each day will be provided to you once finalised.

How to register

Registration to participate is now open. Primary Schools must complete and submit the registration online by clicking here or copy and paste the following web address to your web browser: Please note that the program can facilitate participation of up to 40 schools, if more registrations are received than there are places in the program, preference will be given to rural and regional schools. 

Convention Zoom details will be emailed to registered schools by Monday 6 December.

Key dates

Registrations open

Now Open

Registrations close

Friday 19 November 2021

Schools notified of outcome

by Wednesday 24 November 2021

Online Convention Day 1

Thursday 9 December 2021

Online Convention Day 2

Friday 10 December 2021

Online Convention Day 3

Tuesday 14 December 2021

Pre-reading material and resources

Please click on the link to download - PPC LMERC Resource2021.pdf

Should you require additional information or wish to discuss the contents of this information, please call NCS on (03) 9415 1299 or email – 0437 980 292.

Kind regards

National Curriculum Services Pty Ltd (NCS) has been contracted by the Victorian Department of Education and Training to deliver the Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Program.