The Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) has developed an education program specifically for Aboriginal students in remote schools, and can visit your school to deliver it with no cost to you. The program uses ESL teaching techniques including simple and relevant visuals, known identities and hands on learning activities to develop an understanding of the following key areas of the upper primary and middle years curriculum for Civics and Citizenship:

  • The key values that underpin Australia's democracy - meaning of democracy.
  • The key features of the electoral process in Australia – secret ballot, compulsory voting, elections that are open, free and fair, who has right to vote and stand for election.
  • The roles and responsibilities of Australia’s three levels of government.
  • Responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia’s democracy.
  • How citizens can participate in Australia’s democracy – use of electoral system, contact with elected representatives.
The program ends with a mock election and vote counting exercise. The program is suitable for upper primary, middle and senior students and delivery is tailored accordingly for the year levels in the class.

PowerPoint - primary/middle years PowerPoint - middle/senior years

Ballot paper - primary/middle years Ballot paper - middle/senior years

NTEC also works closely with Parliamentary Education Services (PES) and we conduct joint outreach visits to remote schools.


If you are planning a class or school visit to Darwin, you may like to include a visit to Parliament House and we can arrange to include our remote schools voting program in your visit.

Please contact our education and engagement officer on 8999 7634 or email for more information, or Parliamentary Education Services (PES) for a joint visit on 8946 1417 or email