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SA Schools Constitutional Convention

The SA Schools Constitutional Convention encourages learning about democracy and the Australian Constitution. It is designed to connect across curriculum learning areas.

The convention is open to all year 11 students. This includes government, Catholic and independent schools.

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 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.

Students who attend the 2021 SA convention will be invited to apply to attend the 2022 national convention in Canberra.

Date and location of the convention

When: Friday 17 September 2021 from 8.30am until 3.30pm
Where: Parliament House (North Terrace, Adelaide)

Nominate students to attend

To nominate your students, you must complete the nomination form.

Nominations close on Wednesday 11 August at 5.00pm.

Metropolitan schools can nominate up to 2 students. Regional schools can nominate up to 4 students.

Schools are responsible for seeking parent or caregiver consent and transport arrangements. Teachers and organisers from the department will be present. Schools are encouraged to provide supervision on the day.

About the 2021 convention

This year’s theme is: Your future, have your say! A new preamble for the Australian Constitution?

Flyer for the SA Schools Constitutional Convention 2021 (PDF 100KB)

The program includes:

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

We encourage nominations for any year 11 students interested in civics, democracy and what it means to be an Australian citizen. Students don’t need to be studying any particular subjects to attend.

Students will learn about and consider key questions such as:

  • What is the function of the preamble in the Australian constitution?
  • Is the current preamble adequate?
  • What does it say or not say about Australia?
  • What are the options for change?
  • What should be changed?

Students can also consider examples of constitutions from other countries.

An optional tour of Parliament House is planned (pending any restrictions) with morning tea and lunch provided.

Prepare students for the convention

Teachers will receive links to learning resources and suggested activities. They can use these in their classes or to prepare students taking part.

SA Schools Constitutional Convention

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