The Parliament Prize

2019 Parliament Prize



Submit a video of a 90-second statement you would make to Parliament if you were an MP. Tell us about the issues you care about affecting your community. 

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 August 2020


  • 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 Parliament’s community engagement and outreach staff. Three separate panels, one for each year category, will judge the entries.


  • A prize of $500 will be awarded to the first-placed entry in 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 first-placed 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 Parliament of Victoria’s website and social media pages, 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.


  • The competition is open to Victorian students in three year-group categories: Years 5-6, 7-9 and 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.
  • Entries are due by 5pm, Friday 14 August. Late entries will not be considered.


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Watch the winning entries from 2019



  1. The Competition is operated and managed by the Parliament of Victoria. 
  2. The Competition commences at 10.00am on Monday 15 June 2020 and concludes for judging at close of business on Friday 14 August 2020. No late entries will be accepted. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. All entrants will be notified by email that their entry has been received. 
  6. 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. 
  7. The winning entries will be uploaded to the Parliament of Victoria’s website and on social media pages. By submitting an entry, students agree to participate and co-operate as required in the official winners’ presentation and to be interviewed and photographed, with permission granted for use of all promotional materials on the PoV website, social media pages and other promotional activities.  
  8. 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. 
  9. 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. 
  10. Group entries are allowed; however, all participants must be from the same school and age category. The entry must be submitted under one student’s name. In the event of winning, all individual prize money will be paid to the named entrant with the expectation that it will be split individually amongst the participants. PoV is not responsible for the division of prize money. 
  11. Homeschooled students are permitted to submit an entry; however, in the event of winning they will be awarded individual prize money, but prize money intended for schools will not be awarded.