Queensland schools constitutional conventions


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.

Who participates?

Year 11 students studying Legal Studies, Modern History, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies or other Humanities subjects are well placed to contribute to and participate in the program. Year 9 and 10 students studying Humanities subjects such as History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics and Business can draw on their learning to discuss and make presentations on constitutional issues.

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.


Registrations for the 2019 convention program have closed. 

If you have any questions about registration, please email

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.

Who will be representing Queensland at the 2020 National Schools Constitutional Convention?

From 9 conventions held across the state from June to November, Queensland’s team of delegates to attend the National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra from 17 to 19 March 2020 has been determined. 

Each delegate is fully funded to attend the national convention.

The topic for the national convention will be Federalism: the Constitution and Australia’s Water, and will be held at Old Parliament House.

For 2020, Queensland’s team of delegates are drawn from the following schools:

  • Bentley Park College
  • Bundaberg North State High School
  • Burnett State College
  • Corinda State High School
  • Craigslea State High School
  • Good Counsel College (Innisfail)
  • Kedron State High School
  • Kirwan State High School
  • Mabel Park State High School
  • Mirani State High School
  • Pimlico State High School
  • Queensland Academies for Health Sciences
  • Queensland Academy of Science, Mathematics & Technology
  • Rivermount College
  • Ryan Catholic College (Townsville)
  • St Columban’s College (Caboolture)
  • St Monica’s Catholic College (Cairns)
  • St Patricks College (Townsville)
  • Tropical North Learning Academy—Smithfield State High School
  • Windaroo Valley State High School.
Last updated 15 January 2020