Education Zone


The Parliament of Victoria is undertaking a new project
to produce parliamentary resources in Auslan.

The idea for this project came from The Deafhood YMCA Youth Parliament team 2017
of which Cate and Sara from the video were both members.

We will be running two workshops for members of the deaf community to participate in the creation of these resources:
10:30am to 12pm, Sunday 25 August and 6pm to 7:30pm, Tuesday 27 August 2019

They will be held at Our Community House, 552 Victoria Street, North Melbourne.
Light refreshments will be provided.



To register your attendance for the workshops, or if you have any questions,
please email:


The Parliament Prize

2019 Parliament Prize



Submit a video of a 90-second statement you would make to Parliament if you were an MP

 The 2019 competition received a record number of entries from 589 primary and secondary school students from 113 schools across Victoria. Thank you to everyone who entered and thank you to the teachers and parents who encouraged their students to get involved. The awards will be presented at Parliament House in September.

 Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Parliament Prize 2019 and to the winners




First: Isabella Schwarze
(Genazzano FCJ College)

Second: Fiona Huang
(Milgate Primary School)

Third: Remy Grogan
(Heyfield Primary School)



First: Mungo Sweeney
(Fitzroy High School)

Second: Sanuda Perera
(Cranbourne East Secondary College)

Third: Freya Dobson
(Princes Hill Secondary College)



YEARS 10-12


First: Isabelle Langley
(Billanook College)

Second: John Kheitu
(Braybrook College)

Third: Ebony Chamberlain
(Boort District School)




  Alicia Katz Award
Winner: Glenallen School

Presented to Year 7 students: Nathan Burton, Torin Connell, Alexander Gilbert, Jana Gunawardena, Owen Hellstrom, Anthony Park and Deacon Walker, and their teacher Bernadine Murney. 

This award, introduced in 2019, recognises an inspring contribution to the competition by a school. The award is named in honour of Alicia Katz, the first woman to stand as a candidate in a Victorian parliamentary election, who was an inspiration to many.






What is a Member's Statement?

During sitting weeks, Members of Parliament get the opportunity to make statements on matters of interest and concern to them. Often that includes matters arising in their electorates that they wish to bring to the attention of Parliament. The maximum time allowed for such statements is 90 seconds per member. You can see what members speak about during Members’ Statements by looking at Hansard, which is the record of what is said in Parliament.




  • Format is a 90-second video.

  • Entries are to be submitted via the Parliament Prize page on parliament’s website.

  • The entry can be work undertaken to meet your existing subject requirements, or created just for the prize.

  • The closing date is 5.00 pm on Friday 14 June 2019



The judges will look for:

  • a sense of passion and clear thinking

  • engaging, creative and coherent expression

  • a persuasive and/or clearly articulated point of view.



  • A shortlist of entries will be compiled by the Community Engagement and Education Unit.

  • Three separate panels, one for each year category, will judge the entries.



A prize of $500 will be awarded to the winning entry for each year category. There will also be prizes of $250 to the second placed entries and $125 to the third placed entries in each age group.

An award of $1,000 will be made to each winning student’s school which should ideally be used to promote civics and citizenship and law-related education within those schools, at the schools’ discretion.

Winning students and schools will receive a commemorative plaque. The winning entries will be uploaded to the Education Zone of the Parliament of Victoria’s website, and by submitting an entry students give permission for this to occur.

The winners will be announced and presented with their prizes at a presentation on a date to be advised at Parliament House.

If you have any questions regarding the prize, please email



  • The competition is open to Victorian students in three year categories: Years 5-6, 7-9 and Years 10-12.

  • All entries must be the student's original work.

  • Videos must not exceed 90 seconds.

  • Entries must be submitted via the online form.

  • Late entries will not be considered. Entries are due by 5pm, Friday 14 June.



  • The Competition is operated and managed by the Parliament of Victoria.

  • The Competition commences at 10.00am on Thursday 11 April 2019 and concludes for judging at close of business on Friday 14 June 2019. No late entries will be accepted.

  • Immediate family members of the Parliament of Victoria, staff of members of the Parliament of Victoria and employees of the Parliament of Victoria are ineligible to enter.

  • All entrants must have consent from a parent or legal guardian and teacher to enter. By submitting an entry, the student agrees to the terms of the entry form and the competition rules and certifies that:
     - their parent or legal guardian gives permission for them to enter
     - their teacher gives permission for them to enter and certifies that the entry submitted by the student named on the form, is the work of that student.

  • All entrants will be notified by email that their entry has been received.

  • The entry can be work undertaken to meet the student’s existing subject requirements, or created expressly for the prize but must be the students own work.

  • The winning entries will be uploaded to the Education Zone of the Parliament of Victoria’s website. By submitting an entry, students, agree to participate and co-operate as required in the official winners’ presentation and to be interviewed and photographed for uploading on the PoV website and other promotional activities.

  • All entrants are required to provide certain personal information to complete an entry form. This personal information will be used only for the purposes of the competition and within all applicable data protection and privacy laws.

  • The winning students and school will be notified and presented with their prizes and plaques at a ceremony at Parliament House on a date to be advised.



Entries to the Parliament Prize 2019 have now closed. Thank you to all entrants.

The Deakin Oration 2018

The Deakin Oration 2018

Special invitation for senior
high school students and teachers

Tilman Ruff

On 17 August, year 11 and 12 students and their teachers were invited to attend the Deakin Oration 2018 at Parliament House, presented by Nobel Peace Prize winner Tilman Ruff AM.

Dr Ruff was the founding co-chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which started as a grassroots movement in Melbourne and in 2017 won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr Ruff spoke about the group’s efforts in helping to achieve the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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The Deakin Oration 2019

Deakin Oration 2019

Special invitation for senior
high school students and teachers

DeakinOration2019 MarilynWarren

Senior high school students and their teachers are invited to attend the Deakin Oration 2019 at Parliament House to hear from Victoria’s first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Two students and one teacher from each Victorian secondary school can nominate to attend this free event. As places are limited, please nominate early by emailing us or phone 8682 2814.

For students and teachers in and around Bendigo and Traralgon, the Victorian Parliament will provide free bus transport to Parliament House and return on the day to enable your participation. Please indicate when nominating if you wish to take up this offer.

The Deakin Oration 2019

Friday 6 September 2019 from 2pm-4pm
Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne
Professor Marilyn Warren will speak about the modern relevance of Alfred Deakin.
The event will include a question and answer session for students.

Professor the Hon Marilyn Warren AC QC

Professor Warren was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria in November 2003, serving in that role until October 2017. She is a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University, which includes contributing to teaching and learning activities within the Faculty of Law and advancing the University's interactions with the community.

What is the Deakin Oration?

The Deakin Oration is an annual presentation at Parliament House honouring Australia’s second Prime Minister and Victorian MP, Alfred Deakin and giving a contemporary context to the issues he was interested in during his parliamentary career. It is an opportunity to hear from a prominent Victorian about topical issues.


To nominate and for more information email or phone 8682 2814.