Parliament Prize receives record number of entries

21 June 2024 Find out more

Judging is set to begin after the Parliament Prize attracted an all-time high 1126 video statements from students across Victoria.

The topics of education, environment and health are always front of mind for young people in Grades 5 through to Year 12 and 2024 is no different.

There’s also a focus on improving local facilities like roads and recreation centres, inflation, housing and vaping.

'I’m really grateful that so many students from all across our state took this opportunity to have their say,' Speaker Maree Edwards said.

The record number of entries from more than 200 schools means about one in every 14 Victorian schools is represented.

'I am really pleased that almost half those entries were from regional Victoria.'

Maree Edwards, Speaker

The popular competition has more than doubled its number of annual entries since 2020 and heard from over 4,500 young people in the last six years.

Often supported by their school, students submit a 90-second video statement, outlining an issue close to their heart, just as an MP would in parliament.

Judges are looking for entries which demonstrate a clear understanding of why the topic is important, how they articulate their message and the insights, ideas and perspectives they give.

'A huge thank you to all the students from across Victoria who entered this year’s Parliament Prize,' Ms Edwards said.

'Thanks also to the teachers and parents who supported the competition.'

Maree Edwards, Speaker

Judging will take place throughout July with winners expected to be announced in early August.

Prizes will be awarded to students and schools in each of the three year-level categories: Grades 5-6, Years 7-9 and Years 10-12.

For more information and further updates keep an eye on the Parliament Prize website.