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SA Schools Constitutional Convention

The annual SA Schools Constitutional Convention encourages student learning about civics and citizenship, democracy, the Australian Constitution and what it means to be an Australian citizen. 

Students have the opportunity to:

  • learn and share their views about Australia and its constitution
  • find out how the constitution shapes our democracy
  • learn how the constitution promotes understanding of our democratic heritage and traditions.

The convention is designed to connect across multiple curriculum learning areas, and is open to all year 11 students. This includes government, Catholic and independent schools.

Students do not need to be enrolled in or have completed any prerequisite subjects to attend. 

The SA Schools Constitutional Convention has been running since 1995. It is an initiative between the department and the Parliament of SA. It is supported by the Australian Government.

Students who attend the 2022 SA convention will be invited to apply to attend the 2023 National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra (travel, accommodation and meals will be provided).

About the 2022 convention

This year’s theme is: Should Australia become a republic? Your future, have your say! 

Friday 16 September 2022
8.30am to 3.30pm
Parliament House, North Terrace.

Parliament House is a unique venue for this learning experience with an optional tour on offer for students. Morning tea and lunch is provided.

Convention program

In 2022 the program includes: 

  • presentations by expert speakers
  • Q&A panel with Members of Parliament
  • group workshops
  • debate and mock referendum in the House of Assembly Chamber. 

Students will learn about and consider key questions such as:

  • The Australian Constitution was written in the 1890s - is it still relevant in modern Australia? 
  • Should Australia become a republic? 

Students will listen to speakers presenting arguments in favour of and against an Australian republic, be provided opportunities to reflect on some of the major discussion points and prepare arguments for a debate. 

Historically the convention has been relevant for students studying subjects such as Legal Studies, Politics, History, and Studies of Society & Culture. In 2022 we encourage nominations for any year 11 students (regional and metropolitan) interested in civics, democracy and what it means to be an Australian citizen.

Support materials

Pre-convention learning

Teachers will be provided with links to learning resources and suggested activities to be used with their classes or as preparation for the students attending.

Nominating students to attend

Up to 2 students from metropolitan schools and up to 4 students from regional schools can be nominated. To nominate students, teachers should complete the nomination form by 5pm Wednesday 10 August 2022.

Individual schools are responsible for seeking parent or caregiver consent and transport arrangements. Registered teachers and organisers from the Department for Education will be present, however, schools are encouraged to provide supervision on the day.

SA Schools Constitutional Convention

Steve Stylianou, Manager Cultural Institutions
Email: SchoolsConstitutionalConvention [at] sa.gov.au