National Schools' Constitutional Convention 2012


  • "The NSCC seeks to promote understanding and informed discussion amongst young Australians about the Australian Constitution and system of government. Its three main aims are:
  • * To provide an opportunity for senior students to explore Constitutional ideas.
  • * To encourage those students who are informed and actively interested in the Australian system of government to pursue this interest.
  • * To increase student awareness of key Constitutional matters."
  • - National Schools Constitutional Convention 2012 Communiqué
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Applications are open for National Schools' Convention for 2013. Please download the form and return by email to Gary Shaw. Applications are due by the 16th November 2012.

The 17th National Schools' Constitutional Convention was held at Parliament House and Old Parliament House Canberra 21-23 March 2012. The topic was "Australian Federalism: a question of balance".

Victoria sent a delegation of 27 students (from 25 government and non-government schools) and three teachers. For more information, check out the official program and communiqué, and our reflections page. If you want to participate in 2013, then please send in your application.

Two students, Kirsty Payton from Phoenix P-12 Community College, Sebastopol Campus, and Oliver Middleton from Padua College, Mornington Campus, said this about their experience:
  • "The 2012 National Schools' Consitutional Convention was certainly an amazing experience. We spent our time at the convention, not only taking in all the wonderful opinions of the other delegates, and contributing our own, but also recording and taking photos of the few days. One of the highlights would have to be listening to the Honorable Peter Garrett talk to us about his own views of the consitution etc."

For more from Kirsty and Oliver about their time at 2012 NSCC, please check out their 2012 report and our own blog.