Outreach in the outback

Grain silos covered in colourful murals in along a country roadWe are back on the road with in-person electoral outreach sessions after a year of online education. Recently, Debra Taylor, Community Specialist – Access and Inclusion, made a trip north west to Mildura to complete electoral education sessions with the Work Education students of SuniTAFE and Life Skills students at Christie Centre.

The sessions enabled the students to learn about government, why voting is important and what it’s all about and how to enrol to vote. The sessions ended with a mock election where the students got to have a turn at being a ballot box guard, returning officer or issuing officer in a real set up that included the most important part… voting and counting the votes.

Thank you to the staff at SuniTAFE, Jessica, Renee, Ruth and Meg, for inviting us to come up to Mildura, and to all the students who participated. We look forward to returning to the area next year in time to support more people with disabilities to vote in the 2022 State election. 

A young man looks on as another votes at a mock voting station set up for a VEC education sessionWe are currently taking bookings for any groups or schools that support people with disabilities to be active citizens. Our sessions are a great place to begin the journey of learning about voting in a fun and interactive way. Book via our online booking form or call 131 832 and ask to speak to the Education and Inclusion Team.