What is the Parliamentary Education Office?

The PEO provides a wealth of information on Parliament by facilitating education programs, including role-plays, for over 90,000 students per year.

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Parliamentary Education Office

About the Parliamentary Education Office

For almost three decades, the Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) has provided information materials and education resources to raise awareness and build understanding about the role of the Australian Parliament.

Working with students, teachers and parliamentary officers, the PEO offers a wide range of tailored, engaging and highly relevant education resources, including:

  • experiential learning programs that enable students and teachers to understand the work of the Parliament in a simulated setting;
  • a website with news and information materials – such as fact sheets, videos and publications – about the core functions of Parliament, including representation, responsible government, law making and the separation of powers; and
  • teaching resources covering key concepts of Australia's federal Parliament, including units of work addressing the Civics and Citizenship component of the Australian Curriculum.

In addition, the PEO produces Parliament Now news, publishes the Australian Pocket Constitution and manages the Your Questions on Notice website.

Staff

The PEO is staffed by a group of highly skilled education specialists, many of whom have extensive classroom experience and comprehensive knowledge of the Australian Curriculum. Visit About PEO staff to find out more.

Administration

The PEO is jointly funded by the Department of the Senate and the Department of the House of Representatives, and provides whole-of-parliament education services and support.

Detailed information about the activities and achievements of the PEO can be found in the Department of the Senate’s Annual Report 2015-16.

Contact Details

  • Telephone - General inquiries and requests for resources (02) 6277 3147 - Role-play bookings (02) 6277 3508
  • Email: peo@aph.gov.au
  • Hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday-Friday

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