Parliament House program
Join in the fun (and the learning) with the PEO's immersive learning program at Parliament House.
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
|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)
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
|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
|Debating a bill||Debating a bill with amendments||Question Time||Committee 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.|
|Years||5 - 12||5 - 12||6 - 12||9 - 12|
|Australian civics and citizenship curriculum links||
Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), downloaded from the Australian Curriculum website on 21/3/17 (curriculum version 8.3)
- Venue and Safety Information for School Excursions [PDF 40kb, 3 pages]
- Public Liability Certificate [PDF 207kb, 1 page]
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