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Queensland schools constitutional conventions

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Conventions are held during terms 3 and 4 each year. From these regional conventions, Queensland's team of delegates is selected to attend the fully-funded 3-day National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC) at Old Parliament House in Canberra in March each year.

Year 11 students studying Legal Studies, Modern History, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies or other Humanities subjects are well placed to participate in the program. Regional convention programs also connect with topics studied in junior secondary Humanities subjects such as History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics and Business.

What is the program about?

Queensland's program of regional Schools Constitutional Conventions:

  • educates secondary students about the Australian Constitution and how it guides our democracy
  • provides opportunities for students to listen to speakers presenting perspectives on a constitutional issue and to participate in debates and plebiscites
  • elects Queensland's team of delegates to attend the NSCC.

Who can register?

State, Catholic and Independent schools in each region may register a team of up to 5 secondary students (Years 7-11) and 1 school staff member to participate in a regional convention. While schools may register for more than 1 convention, nominated students may only attend 1 convention.

Register for the program

To register, identify the convention your school wishes to attend and click 'Register'.

If you have any questions about registration, please email Queensland.SCC@qed.qld.gov.au.

Queensland general schools constitutional conventions ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Convention Location DateVenue Topic Registration
Metropolitan, South East Queensland and Darling Downs South West RegionsBrisbaneFriday 11 October 2019

Premiers’ and Speakers Hall, Parliamentary Annexe

Cnr George and Alice Streets, Brisbane

Is the Australian Constitution in need of a Preamble?

Register

Far North Queensland RegionCairnsWednesday 7 August 2019

Rydges Esplanade Resort

209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns

The Australian Constitution provides for the creation of new states. Discuss why North Queensland should or should not secede?

Closed

North Queensland RegionTownsvilleFriday 13 September 2019

James Cook University

1 James Cook Drive, Townsville

The referendum process is not effective or efficient and should be replaced with a constitutional commission to review the constitution on a regular basis

Register


North Coast RegionHervey BayThursday 19 September 2019

Hervey Bay State High School

Beach Road, Pialba

A new preamble for the Australian Constitution.

Cancelled

North Coast and Central Queensland RegionsBundaberg

Friday 25 October 2019

Kepnock State High School

Kepnock Road, Kepnock

Should Australia have a Bill of Rights?

Register

Central Queensland (Mackay / Whitsunday)Mackay

Thursday 28 November 2019

Ocean International, Bridge Road, MackayShould Australia have a Bill of Rights? Register
Darling Downs South West QueenslandToowoombaTBATBATBATBA

Queensland conventions for Aboriginal students and Torres Strait Islander students ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Convention Location Date Venue Topic Registration
Metropolitan, North Coast, South East Queensland and Darling Downs South West Queensland RegionsBrisbaneWednesday 11 September 2019

Undumbi Room, Parliamentary Annexe

Cnr George and Alice Streets, Brisbane

$7.3m has been allocated in the 2019-2020 Federal Budget to 'co-design an Indigenous Voice to Parliament', as called for in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Briefly argue why First Nations' Australians should have a constitutionally enshrined representative voice to the Commonwealth Parliament, before proposing how this body could be elected and what they should be responsible for?

Closed

Far North QueenslandCairnsWednesday 7 August 2019

Rydges Esplanade Resort

209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns

The Australian Constitution provides for the creation of new states. Discuss why North Queensland should or should not secede?

Closed

North QueenslandTownsvilleFriday 14 June 2019

Medical Lecture Building (No. 45) James Cook University

1 James Cook Drive, Townsville

Indigenous representation in the Australian Parliament

Closed

How is Queensland's team of delegates to the National Convention selected?

One student from each school team may seek election as a delegate to the National Schools Constitutional Convention. Students may only nominate once as a candidate for election. To be elected as a delegate, students deliver a speech at the regional convention.

Students must be in Year 11 or 12 at the time of travel to the National Schools Constitutional Convention which is held in March. At each convention an election is conducted to determine the region's delegates to the national convention.

Testimonials from 2018 delegates

'This convention gave me unparalleled opportunities and it is a valuable program that will continue to inspire many more politically engaged young people'.

'The NSCC was a unique experience, enabling me to become immersed into political debates about contemporary issues, with likeminded individuals'.

'It truly sparked a passion in me to look further into politics, and see what I could possibly do in the future as a career path'.

'It made me thankful to live in a country like Australia and gave me the reassurance that the future of Australia falls in the very capable hands of young leaders that were gathered at the NSCC'.

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Last updated 09 September 2019