Australian Electoral Commission

AEC school and community visits

Updated: 20 March 2012

The Australian Electoral Commission has a network of divisional offices located throughout Australia. Staff in these offices can visit schools and community groups to conduct federal electoral education activities.

All visits are free of charge

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Electoral Education Activities

Activities can include:

  • Sessions on the federal electoral process which include a simulated House of Representatives election.
  • Sessions on the referendum process and a simulated referendum.
  • Enrolment information sessions to Year 11 and 12 students.
  • Assistance with school elections e.g. Student Representative Councils.
  • Presentations to community groups on how elections are conducted and the voting process.

(Note: School elections will be conducted using a preferential voting system. If teachers wish to veto students who stand for election, this must be done during the nomination process, not after students have been elected.)

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School responsibilities regarding visits

  • AEC staff have a broad knowledge of and experience in the federal electoral process. Best results can be achieved by planning a session to fit in with topics being covered at the time by the students.
  • Content and time of the session should be discussed and agreed upon when the visit is being organised.
  • Teaching staff must remain with the class during AEC presentations.
  • Teachers may be called upon to assist – particularly if an activity such as a simulated election or referendum is being conducted.
  • AEC staff may require the use of facilities such as a video or overhead projector and screen.

Resources

Divisional offices can provide electoral education resources to teachers and students as well as organise displays of electoral education materials in schools.

All resources are free of charge

To make a booking

Contact your nearest AEC divisional office by calling 13 23 26, or use the Electorate Search to determine which electorate your school or community organisation is in.

At certain times, such as in the weeks prior to a federal election, staff may not be able to visit a school or community group but can still provide advice and resource materials.

Please book as early as possible!