Programs

Programs

Join in the fun (and the learning) with the PEO's immersive learning program at Parliament House.

Book your school's free hands-on program now!

The PEO role-play gives primary and secondary students hands-on experience of how our Parliament works to make Australia a better place to live.

The program explores the function, purpose and value of Australia's democratic system of government. It does this by investigating:

  • How laws are made through Parliament
  • The responsibilities of representatives
  • The formation of government
  • How government is kept accountable
Program details
Year levels 4 to 12
Groups size Min 15, max 50 students
(Note: multiple bookings can be made and smaller groups may be accommodated upon request)
Supervision

The duty of care for the safety and wellbeing of students is the responsibility of teachers at all times

All parliamentary educators have a valid Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) check

Duration 60 minutes
Availability Monday – Friday
On the hour, 9am to 4pm

The PEO program is very popular with schools. To avoid disappointment, book your program with as much lead time as possible.

Enhance your program with a free tour of Parliament House.

Program choices can be made closer to the date of your visit

Program choices
 Debating a billDebating a bill with amendmentsQuestion TimeCommittee of Inquiry
Summary Students become a member of parliament and debate a bill in either the House of Representatives or Senate. Students become a member of parliament and debate a bill in either the House of Representatives or Senate, and then debate changing (amending) the bill. Students take their seats in either the House of Representatives or Senate ready for Question Time. Members of the opposition and minor parties scrutinise the work of the government by asking questions, which the government has to respond to. Students will conduct either a House of Representatives or Senate committee investigation of a bill. After gathering evidence from witness groups, the committee will make recommendations on the bill.
Aim
  • Introduce the concept and develop an understanding of how laws are made in Parliament
  • A hands-on exploration of the role of Parliament and the work of members of Parliament
  • Provide a memorable and unique experience for students
  • Introduce the concept and develop an understanding of how laws are made in Parliament
  • A hands-on exploration of the role of Parliament and the work of members of Parliament
  • Provide a memorable and unique experience for students
  • A hands-on exploration of the role of the executive government, and the parliamentary roles of scrutiny and accountability
  • An appreciation of the responsibilities of members of parliament
  • A hands-on exploration of the role of Parliament and the work of members of parliament
  • Provide a memorable and unique experience for students
  • Understand in detail the role of Parliament to scrutinise the government
  • Provide a deeper understanding of how laws are made in Parliament, with a focus on how Australians can get involved
  • A hands-on exploration of the role of Parliament and the work of members of parliament
  • Provide a memorable and unique experience for students
Years 5 - 12 5 - 12 6 - 12 9 - 12
Pre-visit requirements? no no yes yes
Australian civics and citizenship curriculum links

Year 5
ACHASSK115

Year 6
ACHASSK143
ACHASSK145
ACHASSK146

Year 7
ACHCK048

Year 8
ACHCK062
ACHCK063

Year 9
ACHCK075

Year 5
ACHASSK115

Year 6
ACHASSK143
ACHASSK145
ACHASSK146

Year 7
ACHCK048

Year 8
ACHCK062
ACHCK063

Year 9
ACHCK075

Year 6
ACHASSK145

Year 7
ACHCK048

Year 9
ACHCK075

 

Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), downloaded from the Australian Curriculum website on 21/3/17 (curriculum version 8.3)

Prepare for your visit with the Parliament House virtual tour and PEO resources.

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Need some help?

Bookings for the PEO program are made through the Parliament of Australia School Visits page

We are here to help! Please let us know your requirements. Send us an email through the Contact page or phone 02 6277 3508

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