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Department of Education and Training, Strategic Partnerships Unit

The Premier's Spirit of Democracy (PSoD) 

The Premier’s Spirit of Democracy (PSoD) Study Tour explores the origins of democracy, building a deeper understanding of the influence that democracy has on contemporary Victorian and Australian society. It is an annual competition open to students enrolled in Years 9, 10 and 11.

PSoD offers up to 22 students and four teacher chaperones the opportunity to take part in a five-day study tour of Melbourne and Canberra during the Term 1 school holidays in 2022. 

From ancient Greek philosophy to the arts, modern civic studies, court processes, and politics, to science, PSoD offers a dynamic exploration of modern democracy and what it means for young Australians.

The carefully curated study tour maintains strong links to learning outcomes from the Victorian senior secondary curriculum. It is aimed at students wishing to build their critical and creative thinking and would suit students with interests in, civics and citizenships, history, philosophy, legal studies, and English as well as a broad interest in developing leadership skills. 

Students will gain the skills and understanding needed to participate in our democratic structures and institutions so that they can use their voice to lead positive change in their communities and shape the future.

Application process 

Applications open Monday 4 October and close at 11:59pm on Sunday 7 November 2021. 

To enter, students can apply online using the Student Application Form, and submit an entry in the form of an essay, short story, audio/video presentation, musical composition or artwork. Applicants must submit a statement of intent with any non-essay entries. All students must be supported by their parent/carer and principal.

Teachers are invited to apply online using the Teacher Expression of Interest Form, and submit an expression of interest outlining a professional practice project which they could undertake while on the tour. Teachers must obtain support from their principal before applying.

Successful applicants will be notified in December 2021.

More information

For more information, refer to the Spirit of Democracy website.

For enquires, contact the Spirit of Democracy Team by email:


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