Legal Studies and the Legislature

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe sources of contemporary Australian law - common law
  • Understand how statute law is made including the structure of Parliament, the legislative process and delegated legislation
  • Explain the division of powers in the Australian Constitution
  • Explain the separation of powers in Australia’s system of government
  • Explain the difference between the division and separation of powers in Australia
  • Describe the role of parliamentary committees in law reform
  • Describe the role of Members of Parliament in resolving disputes with the state

The Legal Studies and the Legislature programs at the Parliament of NSW are based on Part 1: The Legal System and Part II: The individual and the law of the Legal Studies Syllabus

On a sitting day students participate in a workshop and visit the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council Chambers, observing the Parliament in action and, where possible, meet their member.

On non-sitting days students participate in a 60-minute workshop and then a 30-minute tour of the chambers.

Additionally, a video conference is available via Teams or ZOOM at a time suitable to the teacher between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm, during the school term.

Maximum group size: 30


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About This Program

Program options

Program 1:  
Legal Studies and the Legislature on a sitting day (Recommended) 

Program 2: 
Legal Studies and the Legislature on a non- sitting day.  
(Subject to availability) 

Program 3:  

Legal Studies and the Legislature Videoconference  
(Teams or ZOOM) 

Tuesday: 11:45 am – 1:45 pm 

Wednesday & Thursday: 10 am – 12 pm 
Duration 120 mins 

Monday and Friday: 9, 10 or 11 am  

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – 9, 10, 11 am, 12 or 1 pm
Duration: 120 mins 

Teacher’s choice of time (between 8:30 am – 2 pm) 
Duration: 60 – 90 mins 

Workshop, observation of Question Time and meet your member  

Workshop, then short role play in each Chamber 

Online workshop  





How Can I Book?

Sitting days 2024 when parliament is session.

During sitting weeks, Parliament sits on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 

Available Sitting dates for 2024 are:   

Question Time 



Legislative Assembly

Tuesday 12 – 1:15 pm 

Legislative Council

Tuesday 1:30 – 2:30 pm 



Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council

Wednesday and Thursday 11 am – 12 pm 


12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21  

Bookings are essential.

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