SA Schools Constitutional Convention

Your future, have your say on: Should the Commonwealth Parliament have specific powers to legislate for education?

Friday 18 September 2020

8.30am – 3.30pm

Remotely delivered

Inspired by the conventions held leading to Federation in 1901 to develop the Constitution, SA Schools Constitutional Conventions have been held annually since 1995.

The Convention provides an opportunity for Year 11 students to learn and share their views about Australia’s constitution.

The program includes presentations by expert speakers, a Q&A panel with Members of Parliament, group workshops, a debate and a mock referendum.

It is particularly relevant for students studying one or more of the following subjects: Legal Studies, Politics, History, and Society & Culture, and possibly the Research Project.

Students who attend will be invited to apply to attend the 2021 National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra, usually held in March (travel, accommodation and meals are provided, ie all expenses paid!).

School nominations are due by Friday 7 August 2020.  

Download the important documents here:

2020 SA Schools constitutional convention flyer 

2020 SA Schools Constitutional Convention information for schools

2020 SA Schools Constitutional Convention nomination form

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Parliament House


Friday 18 September 2020

Level: 11, Professional Learning
Area: HASS - Civics and Citizenship, HASS - History

Type: Special Program
Cost: FREE
Participants: Maximum 65 students and approximately 15 teachers (depending on number of schools nominating)
Duration: 8.30am-3.30pm

School bookings

ALL school visits must be booked in advance.

Programs may be booked individually or in the following combinations:

  • Parliament Tour – Sitting Day + Question Time Viewing – Sitting Day
  • Parliament Tour – Non-Sitting Day + Debate – Non-Sitting Day

Booking instructions for Tours & Debates:

Find the state electorate that your school falls within

  1. Call the electorate office
  2. Coordinate a time for the program (or program combination) of your choice
  3. Your program will be hosted by your school’s local Member of State Parliament, or their electorate office staff

Don’t know your school’s electorate? Go to the Electoral Commission of SA’s website and try the Interactive Boundaries Map.

It is recommended that you have a selection of dates and times to present to the electorate office to work around the Member’s availability.

Booking instructions for Question Time Viewing only (no tour):

Contact the House of Assembly

Organising your visit

Please consider whether a sitting day or a non-sitting day is best for your class – the sitting calendar is available on the Parliament of SA’s website.

Allow extra time before your tour starts to clear through a security screening

Secure storage is available for school bags

Public toilets are available

Water bottles are the only item permitted on school tours