What would you say to Parliament if you were an MP?

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Winners announced early October

Judging is well under way for the 2021 Parliament Prize. Our judges have been impressed with the quality of the Member Statements and the diversity of issues discussed.

During sitting weeks, Members of Parliament get the opportunity to make statements on matters of interest and concern to them. Often that includes matters arising in their electorates that they wish to bring to the attention of Parliament. The maximum time allowed for such statements is 90 seconds per member. You can see what members speak about during Members’ Statements by looking at Hansard, which is the record of what is said in Parliament.

You'll find some further resources here, for teachers and students, to help you prepare your entry to the Parliament Prize.

Judging Criteria

The judges will look for entries that demonstrate:
  1. A clearly articulated message
  2. Interesting insights, ideas and/or perspectives
  3. A clear understanding of why this issue or idea matters
A shortlist of entries will be compiled by Parliament’s community engagement and outreach staff. Finalists will be selected by three separate panels, one for each category. These panels will include Members of Parliament, Parliament staff and representatives from Parliament’s Education Advisory Panel. Due to the large number of entries, we are unable to provide feedback. 


  • The competition is open to Victorian students in three year-group categories: Grades 5-6, Years 7-9, and Years 10-12.
  • Videos must not contain any copyrighted or offensive material, and must be the student’s own work.
  • Videos must not exceed 90 seconds.
  • Entries must be submitted via the online form.
  • Only one entry per student will be excepted.
  • Entries are due by 5pm, Friday 30 July 2021.
  • Late entries will not be considered.


Submit your entry


For you

A prize of $500 and a commemorative trophy will be awarded to the first-placed entry in each category. There will also be prizes of $250 to the second-placed entries and $125 to the third-placed entries in each age group.

For your school

An award of $1,000 will be made to each first-placed student’s school which will ideally be used to promote civics and citizenship and law-related education within these schools, at the schools’ discretion.

The Alicia Katz Award will be presented to one school, to acknowledge an inspiring contribution to the Parliament Prize. The winning school will receive $1000 and a trophy.


The winners will be announced via the Victorian Parliament’s website and social media in early October, and will be presented with their prizes in a special ceremony at Parliament House, on a date to be advised. All finalists' entries will be uploaded to the Parliament of Victoria’s website and social media pages, and by submitting an entry, students give permission for this to occur. Confirmation of this permission will be sought prior to posting.