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North Queensland Region - Schools Constitutional Convention

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James Cook University

1 James Cook Drive

Townsville, Queensland 4811

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North Queensland Region - Schools Constitutional Convention

Who can register?

State, Catholic and Independent schools in the North Queensland region may register a team of up-to-five (5) secondary students (Years 7-11) and one (1) school staff member to participate in Queensland’s program of regional Schools Constitutional Conventions.

Year 11 students studying Legal Studies, Modern History, Aboriginal & 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.

While schools may register for more than one convention, nominated students may attend only one convention.

Note non-state schools incur a nominal fee for team participation.

What is the program about?

Queensland’s program of Schools Constitutional Conventions:

  • educate secondary students about the Australian Constitution and how it guides our democracy

  • provide opportunities for students to listen to engage with speakers presenting perspectives on a constitutional issue and to participate in debates and plebiscites

  • elect Queensland's team of delegates to attend the National Schools Constitutional Convention held in Canberra in March each year.

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

One (1) 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 three (3) minute speech at the regional convention. For 2019, the topic is:

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

Students must and be in Year 11 or 12 at the time of travel to the National Schools Constitutional Convention which is held in March each year.

At each convention an election is conducted to determine the region’s delegates to the national convention.

Further information

Resources for teachers and students are available in an edStudio in the Learning Place. A copy of the program will be posted prior to the convention.

Inquiries can be directed to the Queensland.SCC@qed.qld.gov.au mailbox.


Please register all attending students and school staff using the following process:

1. Click on Register

2. If prompted, use existing login details or create a new account (this will enable you to edit bookings later)

3. Select the total number of participants (include supervisor/s and student/s)

4. Complete registration details for each participant.

You can return to the registration at anytime to update/change information using your login email address and password.



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