The Parliament Prize
A competition for Victorian school students,
from Grade 5 to Year 12.
What would you say to parliament if you were an MP?
Record your own 90-second Member’s Statement telling us about the issues that are important in your community.
On this page
- What is a Member's Statement?
- Prizes for you and your school
- Resources for teachers and students
- The rules
Each day that parliament meets, a Member of Parliament (MP) has an opportunity to make a 90-second speech on any topic or issue they consider to be important. This is called a Member’s Statement. One of the great things about Members' Statements is the range of topics and issues that MPs speak about. They might talk about the achievements of people or organisations in their electorate, challenges being faced in their local community, or perhaps broader state or national issues. You can see what MPs speak about during Members’ Statements by looking at Hansard, which is the record of what is said in Parliament.
Making a Member's Statement
If you’d like to hear more about what MPs talk about in their Members' Statements, check out this message from Stef, a member of the team here at the Parliament of Victoria.
A prize of $500 and a commemorative trophy will be awarded to the first-placed entry in each 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 will ideally be used to promote civics and citizenship and law-related education within these schools, at the schools’ discretion.
To help prepare your entry for the Parliament Prize, we've put together a number of short student guides full of handy hints. Each guide focuses on a different phase of developing an entry, so you can easily find what you need at whatever point you might need it.
- Choosing your topic
- Researching your topic
- Preparing your Member's Statement
- Filming your Member's Statement
- Submitting your entry
We've also put together some notes for teachers, to help students develop their Member’s Statement, whether for the Parliament Prize or as part of other classroom activities. This guide explores the purpose of Members’ Statements and includes some activities to support students' writing of Members Statements, as well as some research strategies and examples of statements from the parliamentary chambers.
Teachers may also like to read about some different ways they could use the format of a Member’s Statement in the classroom, along with curriculum links and learning outcomes that are relevant to the Parliament Prize.
Tips for presenting to camera
Bill is a Communications Adviser here at the Parliament of Victoria, and he has some great tips to keep in mind when you come to filming your Parliament Prize entry.
- The competition is open to Victorian students in three year-group categories: Grades 5-6, Years 7-9, and Years 10-12.
- Videos must not contain any copyrighted or offensive material, and must be the student’s own work.
- Videos must not exceed 90 seconds.
- Entries must be submitted via the online form.
- Only one entry per student will be excepted.
- Entries are due by 5pm, Friday 17 June 2022.
- Late entries will not be considered.
- Full terms and conditions are provided on the entry page.
The judges will look for entries that demonstrate:
- A clearly articulated message
- Interesting insights, ideas and/or perspectives
- A clear understanding of why this issue or idea is important
A shortlist of entries will be compiled by Parliament’s Community Engagement and Outreach staff. Finalists will be selected by three separate panels, one for each category. These panels will include Members of Parliament, Parliament staff and representatives from Parliament’s Education Advisory Panel. Due to the large number of entries, we are unable to provide feedback.
The winners will be announced via the Victorian Parliament’s website and social media in early August, and will be presented with their prizes in a special ceremony at Parliament House on a date to be advised. All finalists' 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. Confirmation of this permission will be sought prior to posting.
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- Created: Thursday, 11 May 2017 09:26
- Last Updated: Sunday, 15 May 2022 21:13