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    Parliament of Victoria

    Excursion / Last updated 9 months ago

    The Parliament of Victoria offers a broad range of free tours and presentations for school students from Year 5 through to VCE. All tours and presentations are conducted by experienced Legislative Assembly Tour Guides, and are designed to assist in meeting the Australian Victorian Essential Learning Standards (AusVELS).

    School Tours:

    School tours include the opportunity to visit the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly Chambers, Queen’s Hall, the Vestibule and the Parliamentary Library. Topics covered during the tour include the history of Parliament House and how a law is made. Students will have the opportunity to take photographs and ask questions.

    Tours are one hour in duration and take place from Monday to Friday at 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00 noon, 2:00pm and 3:00pm on non-sitting days. Tours are also available on sitting days at 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:30pm (Question Time), 3:00pm, and 7:45pm (on Tuesday and Wednesday nights only).

    Bookings are essential. There is a limit of 30 students per tour.

    Parliament Role Play:

    The Parliament Role Play provides an opportunity for Year 5, 6 and 7 students to pass their own law by taking on the roles of a member or officer of the Parliament, including the Premier, Leader of the Opposition, Speaker, Clerk and the Serjeant-at-Arms. A choice of pre-prepared scripts is available, covering a range of topics designed to be accessible to Years 5, 6 and 7 students. The script replicates the passage of a bill through the Legislative Assembly.

    Parliament Role Plays are available either at Parliament House or at your school.

    Role Plays at Parliament House are offered at 9:30am and 11:00am on non-sitting Wednesdays. Your visit lasts for around 90 minutes and includes a guided tour of the building.

    Bookings for role plays at your school are available at 10:00am on non-sitting Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our visit lasts around 90 minutes.

    Bookings are essential. There is a limit of 30 students for role plays at Parliament and 60 students for role plays at school.

    VCE Role Play:

    The VCE Role Play has been designed specifically for Year 11 and 12 VCE Legal Studies students. The VCE Role Play allows students to debate the 2007 Upskirting Bill or the 2011 Dangerous Dogs Bill to gain an understanding of how a law is made, from idea to reality.

    The VCE Role Play takes place in the Legislative Assembly chamber at Parliament House, and students are allocated the role of either a member or officer of the Parliament (eg. Premier, Leader of the Opposition, Serjeant-at-Arms, Clerk). Students then follow a script based on actual contributions made during the debates on either bill.

    The program has been designed to address relevant units of the VCE Legal Studies curriculum.

    VCE Role Plays are offered on non-sitting Wednesdays at 1.00 pm, although bookings for other times may also be available. The duration of the session is approximately 1.5 hours, and includes a short tour of the building.

    Bookings are essential. There is a limit of 30 students per role play.

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