Secondary Schools' Parliamentary Convention 2022

The Victorian Students’ Parliamentary Program (VSPP) 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 State-wide Secondary School Parliamentary Conventions each bring together a minimum of 100 school students, from participating schools for a one-day event. 

The Secondary School program is designed for years 9 to 10 students. 

On behalf of the Victorian Department of Education and Training, we invite all Victorian Secondary Schools to register their interest in participating in the Secondary Schools’ Parliamentary Conventions. The conventions will be hosted by National Curriculum Services and supported by presentations from keynote speakers.  

Teachers are responsible for submitting an expression of interest on behalf of their school, and if successful, for selecting and preparing a minimum of two and maximum of four student participants who will represent the views of their classmates (simulating representative democracy). The actual number of representatives from each school will be dependent on the response from schools.

This year, there will be two Secondary Schools’ Parliamentary Conventions:

  1. Should the Victorian Government retain judge alone trials for indictable offences post COVID?
    Face-to-face Secondary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention
    Wednesday 18 May 2022 at Parliament of Victoria

Download the Pre-reading and Activity Materials :  VSPP_Secondary Convention_Background information.docx


  1. Should the Victorian parliament introduce quotas to improve representation in parliament? (TBC)
    Online Secondary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention
    2-3 half days in August (dates tbc) 2022 hosted on Zoom

Registration for the May Convention is closed.

Expression of Interest for the August Convention is open :

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

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