In addition to the role-play program at Australia’s Parliament House (APH), we can develop customised programs to match the experience, interests and needs of specific groups. Customised programs are arranged by negotiation, and can be delivered at APH or at schools and institutions around Australia.
Parliament Alive is a Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) outreach program for primary and secondary students. The program, which is run in partnership with federal members and senators, brings the parliamentary education role-play experience to schools across Australia. Each year the PEO undertakes a limited number of outreach programs, usually targeting schools within regions which have difficulty making the excursion to Canberra.
Tertiary student groups
Our Universities program is targeted at pre-service teachers and aims to assist them with the development of strategies for teaching about the four functions of Parliament in practical and engaging ways. The program can also be tailored for students in other courses, such as Law or Human Services and can be developed to satisfy individual course and timetable requirements. Workshops include hands-on learning experiences which are designed to impart knowledge and information about the legislative process and how this process can impact on the future careers of the students.
During the workshops, students will actively explore the:
- process of law-making
- role of a committee of inquiry in the scrutiny of legislation
- importance and value of being informed and involved
- practical application of this knowledge to their future work.
Programs for Adults
The PEO conducts customised parliamentary role-plays as part of the Straight Talk event. Hosted by Oxfam Australia, Straight Talk brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from around Australia for an annual four-day event in Canberra. The program provides these women with the opportunity to learn about Australia’s political system and focuses on how they can engage with Parliament to bring about change in their communities.
For more information, or to arrange a customised program please contact the PEO by phone, email or fax.
Ph: 02 6277 3147 or 02 6277 3508
Fax: 02 6277 5775