This is a message from the Parliamentary Education Office (PEO).

One of the great disappointments for the Parliamentary Education Office in 2020 was being unable to host the Rotary Adventures in Citizenship students, along with the other 120,000 students who visit Parliament annually. Much of the future still remains uncertain, particularly in relation to student travel and safety. One thing is certain though, we are committed to partnering with Rotary to deliver the excellent Rotary Adventures in Citizenship program, in some form or another in 2021.


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Rotary Adventure in Citizenship (RAIC) is an intensive and fun filled week‑long program to help prepare young adults for full participation as citizens of Australia.

Are you interested in…

Canberra, your national capital
Our Constitution
Your role in citizenship
Australia’s Parliament
Learning about the work of Federal Members of Parliament
Meeting fellow students from around Australia
Sharing your passions and views
Having fun!!

What makes the RAIC program great

Each year around 40 Year 11 students (the delegates) are sent by their local Rotary clubs to Canberra. They are taken out of their comfort zones into new places, set amongst new faces and asked to do new things.

For a week, RAIC puts the delegates “inside” Canberra.

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Your RAIC experience is likely to include

  • Meeting Senators, Members and Parliamentary Officers

  • Observing Question Time and receiving inside analysis from a member of the Press Gallery

  • Participating in role-plays of parliamentary processes

  • A wreath laying ceremony at the Australian War Memorial

  • Exploring Questacon (the National Science and Technology Centre)

  • Visit to the Royal Military College, Duntroon

  • A function in the athletes’ dining room at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Why participate

Find out what it’s all about

Are you…

  • Year 11 or its equivalent?
  • ...eager to see new places and meet new friends?
  • ...interested in getting into places not normally open to the public?
  • ...keen to learn things that are going to be important to you when you become a full Australian citizen in just one or two years?

Rotary Adventure in Citizenship (RAIC) gives you all these things, and more! RAIC is so much more than a school trip to Canberra. For the week of RAIC, you become almost an insider to what’s happening in your national capital. Things you see and do are related to what is timely and topical.

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Applications open on Monday 16 December 2019 and close at the end of February 2020, or earlier if all places have been filled.

Step 1

Find a sponsor

Find a Rotary Club in your area and convince them to sponsor you to attend. Click here to find a Rotary Club near you.

Step 2

Complete the application

The application involves completing the application form, the permissions form, providing a 90 second video statement and a photo of yourself. Click here to download an application form.

Step 3

Submit the application

Email your completed forms and associated files to and arrange for the payment.

Hear from others

“I found this week to be the best of my life and if I could do it all again I wouldn’t change a thing.”

2008 participant

“A better understanding of politics and many great memories! One of the best weeks I have ever had.”

2008 participant

“Knowledge about politics; personal development; life experience – independence; friendships.”

2008 participant

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