SA Schools Constitutional Convention

Your future, have your say on: A new preamble for the Australian Constitution?

Friday 6 September 2019

8.30am – 3.30pm

SA Parliament House, North Terrace

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, mock referendum in the House of Assembly Chamber, and an optional tour of Parliament House.

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 2020 National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra (travel, accommodation and meals are provided).

School nominations are due by 28 June 2019. 

Download the flyer here SASSC 2019 flyer FINAL and the information/nomination form here SASSC 2019 Form FINAL


Parliament House


Friday 6 September 2019

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