Located in the heart of Canberra's parliamentary triangle, the National Electoral Education Centre is a 'must see' destination for Civics and Citizenship education. The centre is open weekdays throughout the school year and programs are free, however bookings are essential.

The National Electoral Education Centre, in partnership with other Canberra institutions, is releasing an online booking system, Book Canberra Excursions. To set up the new system we will not be taking new bookings between 7 December 2018 and 29 January 2019. You are able to review existing bookings from 21 January 2019 and make new bookings from 29 January 2019. For any questions about the system please send us an email. Thank you for your understanding.

The Experience

Using experiential learning to engage and inform, one of the AEC's educators will guide you through a 90 minute program which includes:

  • A multi-media presentation that explores the history of Australian democracy,
  • Hands-on activities which help students to understand enrolment, voting and representation, and
  • Voting in a simulated election and then counting votes to achieve a result.

Our Programs

There are a range of programs on offer to suit various ages, interests and levels of knowledge:

House of Representatives

House of Representatives

Suitable for students of all levels, this program explores key concepts of representation and voting. Experience the preferential voting system in action by participating in a House of Representatives election scenario.

Eligible Elector

Eligible Elector

Did you know that Australian citizens aged 16+ can enrol to vote? Make sure your students are ready! This program equips senior secondary students with the skills they need to become voters, exploring representation and voting for both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Referendum

Referendum

The Constitution is Australia's founding legal document and only the people of Australia have the power to change it. Discover how the Constitution is changed by voting in a referendum scenario and counting the votes.

Senate

Senate

If you have already covered the basics of preferential voting and the House of Representatives, why not practice voting in a Senate election and investigate the proportional system used to elect Senators.

Educators can tailor program content to suit different learning levels and areas of interest. In particular, extension programs can be requested for secondary students of politics or legal studies. Please discuss your needs when booking.