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​​​​Parliamentary Education Office​

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Web site URL: ​http://www.peo.gov.au/​

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Description of services: ​

The Parliamentary Education Office provides dynamic, accessible programs and resources for teachers and students across Australia. An excursion with the PEO will provide an interactive, immersive experience where students explore the role of the Australian Parliament and the citizen in Australia’s democratic system. Our excursions support teachers to deliver civics and citizenship education, and are aligned with the Australian Curriculum.​

Most popular excursions:

Excursion 1: Parliament in your classroom

Over two sessions, students are taken on a journey through democracy, becoming Members of Parliament and making decisions on the issues that affect their local community. 

During the first session, students explore concepts of representation, including why and how people are elected to the Parliament. 

In the second session, students become Members of Parliament, and are given the responsibility to debate and decide on the laws they think are needed for their community and Australia as a whole. 

Curriculum links:

Year 5 - ACHASSK115, ACHASSK118
Year 6 - ACHASSK143, ACHASSK145, ACHASSK146, ACHASSK147​

Target audience: Years 5 & 6 (with the flexibility to be adapted to other class levels)

Duration: Two 45-minute sessions​

Cost: Free

Excursion 2: Connect with the experts

Go beyond the nightly news and six-second soundbites to discover the who, where, how and why of the Australian Parliament. During the session, students work with our highly experienced Parliamentary Educators to understand the Australian Parliament, including: 
The role and functions of parliament
The way citizens engage with parliament
How the parliament addresses particular issues
Recent work and events in the parliament
How the parliament contributes to Australia’s democracy

Our programs are aligned with the Australian Civics and Citizenship curriculum.

Target audience: Year 5-12 students

Duration: 30 minutes

Cost: Free​


Available time slots for the commencement of excursions (AEDST - Sydney/Melbourne time): 

9am–4pm AEST Mon-Friday​

Contact Details for schools seeking further information:

Address:  Marissa Beard
Contact email: info@peo.gov.au
Contact phone number: (02) 6277 3147

Request an excursion <here​>​