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SA Secondary Schools Constitutional Convention

The annual SA Secondary Schools Constitutional Convention held in the House of Assembly at Parliament House provides an opportunity for Year 11 students who are informed and actively interested in Australia’s system of government to hear about and discuss significant Australian Constitutional and Governance issues.

At this year’s convention, students will hear guest speakers present on the topic “Should Australia Become a Republic”, to be facilitated by Associate Professor Haydon Manning from Flinders University.  The students will discuss the for and against arguments in groups, and present their findings to the convention.

Metropolitan schools are invited to send a maximum of two students to the Schools State Constitutional Convention, while regional schools are invited to send a maximum of four students. Teachers and/or parents and carers are welcome to attend the whole or part of the day.

Students may be able to use their experience participating in the Constitutional Convention as the basis of their Research Project and/or an Inquiry Task in a relevant subject area at SACE Stage 2.

Students who attend the State Convention will be invited to apply to attend a National Convention on 20-22 March, 2018 in Canberra (travel, accommodation and meals provided). Applications will be by an essay on the topic Should Australia become a Republic?  Regional students unable to attend the State Convention may still apply to attend the National Convention by supporting their essay with a 2 min video clip or similar, oral presentation.

This year, the SA Schools Constitutional Convention will also partner with the new Centre of Democracy. In the week before the Convention, the Centre of Democracy will host a special program for participants to discover South Australia’s leadership in the development of democracy. Students will be able explore the Centre’s displays which include Don Dunstan’s pink shorts and Dame Roma Mitchell’s spectacles, and engage with interactive exhibits, including the Democracy Timeline, Democracy Machine, and Speakers’ Corner.

For further information about the program and an application form contact Marianne Norman, Project Officer, Cultural Institutions:

Ph: 8463 5915 or email

Download the flyer and application form here