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: 12 pm 

Wednesday& Thursday: 10 am 

Duration 90 – 120 mins 

Monday and Friday: 9, 10 or 11 am  

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – 9, 10, 11 am, 12 or 1 pm 
Duration: 90 – 120 mins 

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

Workshop, observation of Question Time and meet your member  

Workshop, then short role play in each Chamber 

Online workshop  

If you are booked for the Law Day Out, we recommend you enquire about Program 1 or Program 2 commencing at 12:30 pm  

 

 

 

 


How Can I Book?

Sitting days 2024 when parliament is session.

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

Sitting dates for 2024 are:   

Question Time 

February 

6, 7, 8 

August 

6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15 

Legislative Assembly 

Legislative Council 

March 

12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21

September

17, 18, 19 and 24, 25, 26

Tuesday 12 – 1:15 pm 

Tuesday 1:30 – 2:30 pm 

May 

7, 8, 9 and 14, 15, 16 

October 

15, 16, 17 and 22, 23, 24 

 Wednesday and Thursday 

11 am – 12 pm 

June 

4, 5, 6 and 18, 19, 20 

November 

12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21  

Bookings are essential.

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