What we do

The Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) provides parliamentary education services to schools, teachers and students.

We do this by:

  • teaching students and teachers how parliament works through our experiential learning programs
  • producing resources and publications for teachers and students, for classroom use or independent study
  • running a usable, interactive and informative website with resources for all ages and levels of knowledge
  • assisting members and senators to inform constituents about the work of the federal Parliament.

The PEO is situated right inside Australia’s federal Parliament. Our experienced staff work closely with members of parliament and parliamentary officers. This gives us the opportunity to constantly observe Parliament in action and share our knowledge Australia wide.

Role-play is our principal teaching strategy. Our role-plays invite students to feel as well as to know what it is like to be a parliamentarian.

We strive for a lasting education experience.


The PEO is part of the Department of the Senate, and provides whole of parliament educator services to teachers and students on behalf of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. PEO operations are jointly funded by both houses. 

Annual Report

PEO activities for the year ending 30 June 2016 can be viewed in the Senate Annual Report on the Parliament of Australia website.

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities in the PEO are advertised on the Parliament of Australia website at recruitmentsenate.nga.net.au/cp/

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