Parliamentary role-play

Parliamentary role plays give students in grade 5, 6 or VCE Legal Studies the opportunity to act out the various roles in Parliament to pass a law.
Parliamentary role plays give students in grade 5, 6 or VCE Legal Studies the opportunity to act out the various roles in Parliament to pass a law.

About our role-plays

This interactive activity allows students to experience the law-making process firsthand while they take on the roles of Speaker, Clerk, Serjeant-at-Arms, Premier, Leader of the Opposition and other members of Parliament. The role-play is conducted over 90 minutes and includes a short tour of Parliament House.

 

Our role-play sessions have been designed to align with the Victorian curriculum. 

 

Role-play topics for grades 5/6

We have a number of different topics for role-plays that we will ask your students to vote on during the session.

Currently the topics are:

  • E-scooters Bill
  • Plastic Straws Bill
  • Gambling Advertising Bill.

You can also prepare your own topic with your class by following these instructions:

How to prepare a self scripted role play

 

Role-play topics for VCE Legal Studies

We use real bills that have been passed through the Parliament as case studies to show how the Parliament makes laws.

At the time of booking, you will be asked to choose one of the following bills:

  • Crimes Amendment (Bullying) Bill 2011 (Brodie’s Law)
  • Crimes Amendment (Sexual Offences and Other Matters) Bill 2014 (known as the Sexting Bill)*
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017*
  • Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) Bill 2017*.

*These bills are examples of law reform coming from a Parliamentary committee inquiry.

 

Role-play information

  • Our programs are free of charge.
  • Sessions are conducted twice daily Monday to Friday when the Parliament is not sitting. Scroll down to view Availability.
  • Sessions run for 90 minutes and includes a short tour of the Parliament.
  • Suitable for grade 5/6 and 11/12 VCE Legal Studies students.
  • Maximum number of students per session is 30.
  • You can book multiple sessions.
  • Bookings open six months in advance during the last week of each month.  

If you are in Metropolitan Melbourne, we can visit your school to run a role-play in the classroom. Visit our Metropolitan Melbourne school visits page for more information.

We also visit regional destinations and run our role-plays from a local venue. For more information on the locations we will be visiting this year, check out our regional visits schedule.

 

Bookings & Enquiries 

Bookings are only open six months in advance at a time.


View Availability

Click the button below and select Role Play (90 minutes / includes tour).

 

Click here to view available dates and times

 

 

Make a booking

Once you have found your preferred dates and times, email your booking request to tours@parliament.vic.gov.au with the following information:

  • Role Play (90 minutes / includes tour)
  • Selected date/s
  • Time/s
  • Number of students (up to 30 students per session)
  • Class year level
  • Role-play topic/bill (VCE Legal Studies students)
  • School name and address 
  • Contact number for the booking

 

Enquiries

 

Our committment to child safety

For more information on our child safe policy, please click the button below.

Child safe policy

Details


Contact

To discuss your school's needs, contact our Tours and Customer Service Unit.

Phone: (03) 9651 8568
Email: tours@parliament.vic.gov.au

Address

Parliament House
Spring Street
East Melbourne Victoria 3002

Getting here


Tours depart from the Vestibule, located inside the main building entrance on Spring Street.

Public transport

By train: exit Parliament station at Bourke Street.

By tram:

  • route 35 – stop 0 (Spring St/ Bourke St)
  • routes 86, 96 – stop 9 (Bourke St/Spring St).

Parking/bus drop-off

There is no public parking at Parliament House.

There is a bus drop off area on Spring Street.

Security


Visitors to Parliament House are required to pass through a security checkpoint before entering the building. This involves a walk-through scanner and baggage scanning. Visitors with pacemakers should ask to be scanned using handheld scanners.

Bags must be left at reception when taking part in a tour or sitting in the public galleries.

Items you cannot bring to Parliament

The following items are not permitted at Parliament:

  • weapons
  • any types of blades (e.g. Swiss army knives, lock knives, eating utensils), hooks, scissors and other sharps
  • liquids over 100ml and glass bottles (except water)
  • any alcohol
  • 'selfie' camera sticks and camera tripods
  • chains and padlocks
  • voice recorders, two-way radios and speakers
  • handcuffs
  • any tools (e.g. screwdrivers, multi-tools, bike tools, measuring tapes, metal rulers)
  • helmets (e.g. bicycle and motorcycle)
  • whistles
  • permanent markers
  • aerosols
  • jet lighters
  • long umbrellas
  • balls and balloons
  • signs or placards
  • studded belts.

Any of the above items will be held by security for the duration of your visit. They will be returned when you leave or may be confiscated permanently in some cases.

 

More information

If you have any accessibility needs or concerns with security screening, please email security.team@parliament.vic.gov.au or call us on (03) 8682 2980 ahead of time so we can accommodate your visit.

Accessibility


Accessible entrance

People with a mobility or physical disability can access Parliament House through the side entrance on Spring street or the rear entrance on Macarthur Street.

Map

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Accessible toilet

Accessible toilets are located on the ground level and level one.

Audio loop

Audio loops are available in the chambers. These can be used in conjunction with hearing aids.

Contact

For any enquiries regarding disability access and inclusion please email disabilityaccess@parliament.vic.gov.au

Social stories

Two social stories are available to accompany a visit to Parliament House. These have been designed for visitors who are neurodiverse who may like to read them in preparation for their visit. One is intended for readers of all ages, the other focuses on the experience of a school visit to parliament house.