Parliament House program

Join in the fun—and the learning—with the PEO's immersive learning program at Australia's Parliament House in Canberra. This free program is suitable for primary and secondary students.

The PEO role-play gives primary and secondary students hands-on experience of how our Parliament works to make Australia a better place to live.

The program explores the function, purpose and value of Australia's democratic system of government. It does this by investigating:

  • how laws are made through Parliament
  • the responsibilities of representatives
  • the formation of government
  • how government is kept accountable

Book your school's free hands-on program now!

Serjeant-at-Arms picking up the Mace

Serjeant-at-Arms picking up the Mace.

Penny Bradfield/DPS Auspic

Reading a speech in the Education Centre at Australian Parliament House

Reading a speech in the Education Centre at Australian Parliament House.

DPS Auspic

Program details

Year levels 4 to 12
Groups size Min 15, max 50 students
(Note: multiple bookings can be made and smaller groups may be accommodated upon request)
Supervision The duty of care for the safety and wellbeing of students is the responsibility of teachers at all times.
All parliamentary educators have a valid Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) check.
Duration 60 minutes
Availability Monday – Friday
On the hour, 9am to 4pm

The PEO program is very popular with schools. To avoid disappointment, book your program with as much lead time as possible.

Enhance your program with a free tour of Parliament House.

Program choices

Program choices can be made closer to the date of your visit

  Debating a bill Debating a bill with amendments Question Time Committee of Inquiry
Summary Students become a member of parliament and debate a bill in either the House of Representatives or Senate. Students become a member of parliament and debate a bill in either the House of Representatives or Senate, and then debate changing (amending) the bill. Students take their seats in either the House of Representatives or Senate ready for Question Time. Members of the opposition and minor parties scrutinise the work of the government by asking questions, which the government has to respond to. Students will conduct either a House of Representatives or Senate committee investigation of a bill. After gathering evidence from witness groups, the committee will make recommendations on the bill.
Aim Introduce the concept and develop an understanding of how laws are made in Parliament
A hands-on exploration of the role of Parliament and the work of members of Parliament
Provide a memorable and unique experience for students
Introduce the concept and develop an understanding of how laws are made in Parliament
A hands-on exploration of the role of Parliament and the work of members of Parliament
Provide a memorable and unique experience for students
A hands-on exploration of the role of the executive government, and the parliamentary roles of scrutiny and accountability
An appreciation of the responsibilities of members of parliament
A hands-on exploration of the role of Parliament and the work of members of parliament
Provide a memorable and unique experience for students
Understand in detail the role of Parliament to scrutinise the government
Provide a deeper understanding of how laws are made in Parliament, with a focus on how Australians can get involved
A hands-on exploration of the role of Parliament and the work of members of parliament
Provide a memorable and unique experience for students
Years 5 - 12 5 - 12 6 - 12 9 - 12
Pre-visit requirements? no no yes yes
Australian civics and citizenship curriculum links Year 5
ACHASSK115
Year 6
ACHASSK143 
ACHASSK145 
ACHASSK146
Year 7
ACHCK048
Year 8
ACHCK062 
ACHCK063
Year 9
ACHCK075
Year 5
ACHASSK115
Year 6
ACHASSK143 
ACHASSK145 
ACHASSK146
Year 7
ACHCK048
Year 8
ACHCK062 
ACHCK063
Year 9
ACHCK075
Year 6
ACHASSK145
Year 7
ACHCK048
Year 9
ACHCK075
 

Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), downloaded from the Australian Curriculum website on 31/01/19 (curriculum version 8.3)

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Bookings for the PEO program are made through the Parliament of Australia School Visits page

Prior to your visit your school may need the following documents:

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