NSW Schools Constitutional Convention

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  • Part I: The Legal System

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NSW Schools Constitutional Convention 2022










The Parliament of NSW Education team invites Year 11 students (Year 12 in Term 4) to apply to participate in the NSW Constitutional Convention 2022.

Topic: The appointment, removal and accountability of Ministers is based as much on convention as law.  How can we ensure that Ministers are truly accountable to Parliament and the people, and should we move away from convention to strict legal requirements?

Keynote address: Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law & Director, Constitutional Reform Unit, University of Sydney Law School.

When: Tuesday 29 November 2022
When: 9:30– 2:00 pm
Where: Parliament of NSW, 6 Macquarie St. Sydney

This annual program, now in its 28th year, seeks to promote understanding and informed discussion amongst young Australians about the Australian Constitution and system of government. The NSW Schools Constitutional Convention includes a keynote and group discussions on the selected topic. At the conclusion of the day, delegates peer select 30 of their number to attend the National Constitutional Convention to be held in Canberra between 21 and 23 March 2023. 

Principals are invited to nominate one Year 11 (incoming Year 12) student from their school to be considered for participation in the 2022 NSW Schools Constitutional Convention. Unfortunately, multiple nominations cannot be accepted.

To be considered for attendance at the Convention, each student must submit a single A4 page statement in their own words on the topic outlined above.


9:30 – 9:45am Welcome and official opening
9:45 – 10:45 am Keynote address by Professor Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law & Director Constitutional Reform Unit. University of Sydney
11:00am –12:30pm
  • Group discussion
  • Referendum
  •  Selection of delegates to the National Convention Canberra 2023
12:30 pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm


  • Group discussion reports
  • Referendum results
  • Soap box – if time permits
  • Announcement of delegates to the National Convention Canberra 2023


If you would like your students to participate in this online event please complete the registration form by 14 October 2022 and email to dps.education@parliament.nsw.gov.au 

If you would like additional information please call 02 9230 2047

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