Department of the Legislative Assembly, Northern Territory Government

Schools

In addition to our school tours, Parliamentary Education Services has several programs that we run free of charge for school students.

For further information about any of our school programs please contact us by Email or 
Phone (08) 8946 1494

Students in Chamber Students participating in role play students participating in Outreach program

Tours of Parliament House

Schools are invited to visit Parliament House for an informative tour that explains parliamentary procedures, physical aspects of the building, the history of parliament in the Northern Territory as well as some information and background about the site on which Parliament House is built. Visits are recommended during parliamentary meeting days so school students can spend part of their tour witnessing Parliament in action from a special glassed section of the public gallery overlooking the Parliamentary Chamber. When available, Members often leave the Chamber to address students in the gallery.

In addition to a tour, Parliamentary Education Services can organise for the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) to run one of their educational sessions. Conducted in a room at Parliament House, NTEC provides information about elections and voting and the students take part in a voting exercise to see how preferential voting really works. Parliament House tours are one hour and NTEC sessions are 45 minutes.

To assist you with planning a school excursion please click on the links below:

Legal Studies Tours

Legal Studies Tours are specifically designed to cover the content in the subject outlines for Stages 1 and 2 Legal Studies. The tours include information for Stage 1 Topics (2) People, Structures and Processes and (3) Law-making, as well as Stage 2 Topics (1) Australian Legal System, (2) Constitutional Government and (3) Law-making.  Please follow the links below for further information about the content of the tour and how it is linked to the Legal Studies learning requirements.

Visits are recommended on parliamentary meeting days so that students can watch Parliament in action. Legal Studies students are invited to sit in the open galleries (rather than the glassed-in gallery) in order to fully experience the proceedings of the Assembly.

Legal Studies Tours are 60 minutes and teachers are encouraged to add an extra 30 minutes to watch parliament if visiting on a meeting day.

Parliamentary Role Plays

Our staff are available to visit schools on request and conduct interactive parliamentary role play sessions in Darwin, Palmerston and surrounding areas. Role plays usually run for ninety minutes, however we are flexible and can modify all sessions to suit the age and needs of the students and requirements of the teachers.

During role plays students decide on the bills they would like to debate, write their own persuasive speeches and take on a role in parliament. We provide everything needed to accurately portray the running of a parliamentary session.

If available local Members are invited to address the class and we can organise for the Northern Territory Electoral Commission to run a session about voting and elections during the role play.

Step Up, Be Heard

Parliamentary Education Services (PES) offers Step Up, Be Heard as a program for Stage 1 and 2 Legal Studies teachers to give their students a hands-on, interactive experience in the learning of parliamentary processes and how laws are made. The program includes a series of activities that lead up to a mock parliamentary debate that can take place in Parliament House in the Chamber with the Speaker presiding or the debate can be held at your school or local council  chambers.

The program is offered on request, is flexible in its timing and can be done with small or large classes. The mock debate speech can be used as a formal assessment and sample assessment guides are attached to this document.

Step Up, Be Heard is ideal to use when addressing Topic 3: Law Making for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 Legal Studies.

Outreach Programs

Parliamentary Education Services visit schools on request in regional and remote parts of the Northern Territory. We have two Outreach programs:

  • a 90 minute version of our parliamentary role play program which includes an informative PowerPoint presentation about Parliament, re-arranging the classroom into a Chamber (including props and costumes), assigning every student a role, deciding on a bill to debate, writing persuasive speeches and performing a mock parliamentary debate to see whether or not the bill passes.
  • a Remote Schools Outreach Program specifically designed for Indigenous students who are English as a Second Language learners and for whom Parliament concepts may be new. There is less focus on literacy and speaking in front of a group and more visual and hands-on activities to explain the basics of parliament. This finishes with an abridged version of the parliamentary role play.

Commonwealth Week

14 - 18 March, 2022.
A special two hour program in the Main Hall of Parliament House surrounded by the flags of the Commonwealth countries. Students will participate in activities which focus on the 54 Commonwealth nations, their similarities, their differences and the challenges of climate, population and maintaining their democracies. Also included is a tour of Government House learning about the role of the Northern Territory Administrator.
Group sizes are capped at 25 (including teachers/adults) and FREE bus transport is available for Darwin and rural schools. 
Email or call: 08 8946 1494

Last updated: 11 May 2022