This is your one stop shop for Civics and Citizenship Education activities, events, resources and international projects and activities.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria in collaboration with Social Education Victoria, the Catholic Education Commission Victoria, Independent Schools Victoria and the Parliament of Victoria, provide activities for students and teachers that model and highlight values based approaches to civics and citizenship. These are designed to develop youth agency, particularly student voice, social responsibility, ethical behaviour and intercultural understanding.


Professional Development Day for Teachers and Pre-Service Teachers


The Civics and Citizenship Network is holding its annual PD day at Parliament House on Monday 27 July 2015. See the flyer for event details and how to book.





State Convention: Hansard from day - Monday 20th October

For the official Hansard from the event, click here

A selection of photos coming soon!

State Convention: Program for day (Monday 20th October)




The complete OFFICIAL PROGRAM can be downloaded HERE
8:15 - 8:30am = Arrive at Parliament House (main steps) and enter via security (including metal detectors).
8:30 - 8:45am = Registration (inside Parliament House - vestibule)
8:50am = Seated in Legislative Assembly
9:00am SHARP = Welcome to Country and official opening of day
3:15pm = close of program and end of day


Important notes:
  • Please do NOT bring large bags. Where possible no bag would be ideal (maybe a clipboard, your wallet etc and any personal items/medications you might need). When a bag IS required, it must be stored prior to entry into official chambers and this can be both time consuming and problematic in terms of space if everyone is doing this!
  • We suggest you bring a pen and if possible we recommend that each school group brings an electronic device or two (not one each person!) to access the internet (ideally an ipad or small laptop, fully charged). We hope to ensure that each group (made up of students from different schools) will have at least one device upon which to upload their notes and resolutions. This will enable email collection of notes during the discussion group sessions to help drive proceedings when in the Legislative Assembly.
  • It is recommended that students wear school uniform where applicable.
  • While morning tea IS provided, lunch is NOT. Please bring your own lunch or lunch can be sourced during the lunch break from nearby. Lunch is approx. 40 minutes duration.

State Convention: student information pack online NOW!


The State Convention topic is:
"Australia is in a ‘budget crisis’ and all Australians must share the burden – directly and indirectly."

This event will be held on 20 October 2014. Thank you to all of the students who applied to participate in this event and congratulations to those who have been selected!
Please ensure that you have forwarded the organisers all required paperwork (permissions etc).

A student information booklet, including background research for the topic, is available for download HERE.

Registered participants should read this material to help them, develop their responses to the event topic/contention. Information has been divided into various categories to assist students with their preparation. Students are encouraged to NOT be limited to the material featured here - use this as a base from which to conduct your own research into areas of interest to you. In this way, the organisers do not seek to pre-judge what a participant's view is or should be. The intention of events such as this is to encourage democratic principles, allow for the expression of youth voice, facilitate collaboration and foster independent thought and reasoned debate.

Schools' Constitutional Conventions program
The Schools’ Constitutional Conventions program in Victoria is managed through collaboration between the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Social Education Victoria, Catholic Education Office Melbourne, Independent Schools Victoria and the Parliament of Victoria.

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Designed for senior secondary (Years 9-12) students, the program consists of a series of Regional Conventions hosted by government and non-government schools, a State Convention held at Parliament House in October of each year (Monday 20 October, 2014) and a National Convention held in Canberra during March or April of the following year. The aims of the program are to provide students with opportunities to explore contemporary political and social issues, promote student understanding of the Australian system of government and demonstrate how the Australian Constitution provides the framework for our democracy.

Prospective host schools will find that a Regional Convention is a wonderful way to engage with the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship framework while linking with their extra-curricular interests and activities. The program has successfully engaged thousands of students from schools across the state and invites participation of students from a range of backgrounds and interests. Although this program is perfect for students of Politics, Legal Studies, Humanities and English, it is also a great opportunity for students with a range of other interests – in particular Social Justice and Civics and Citizenship. The program offers a wonderful chance for public speaking and is a natural fit for schools seeking an authentic and meaningful activity for their student leaders.

The important underlying theme of the program is student involvement and host schools are encouraged to involve students across all stages of the program: the planning, organising and running of the Conventions.

There is the opportunity for some DEECD funding during the application process. Click HERE for application form.

Important news re: hosting a regional convention


While formally closed, the DEECD welcomes expressions of interest (via the application form) and encourages interested schools to contact the convention program organiser at: projects@sev.asn.au with any related queries and for assistance in the development of your regional convention program.

For more details, please see the relevant page on this wiki HERE. This site will be updated during 2014 and will provide important contact details, advice on applications for support and further information for interested schools.

Schools' State Constitutional Convention, Parliament House, Melbourne.

Monday 20 October 2014

Students who have demonstrated involvement in the regional convention program, or as part of a similar United Nations or VicSRC event, are eligible to apply. The State Convention is an action-packed day where students can join their peers from around Victoria in learning about the political environment, debating current issues and sharing ideas and visions for the future. Please refer to the Conventions Handbook, located HERE, for more information.


The State Convention topic is:


"Australia is in a ‘budget crisis’ and all Australians must share the burden – directly and indirectly."



A student information booklet, including background research for the topic, is available for download HERE.


Registered participants should read this material to help them, develop their responses to the event topic/contention. Information has been divided into various categories to assist students with their preparation. Students are encouraged to NOT be limited to the material featured here - use this as a base from which to conduct your own research into areas of interest to you. In this way, the organisers do not seek to pre-judge what a participant's view is or should be. The intention of events such as this is to encourage democratic principles, allow for the expression of youth voice, facilitate collaboration and foster independent thought and reasoned debate.


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