Democracy in Action

What is it?

Democracy in Action is an ongoing civics engagement project that sees CCYP partnering with the Centre of Democracy the Electoral Commission SA and of course, young people from across South Australia. It is one of the important ways that young people’s participation in society is being strengthened, so they can affect change and be engaged citizens.


The project came from one of the major findings from Commissioner Helen Connolly’s 2017 Listening Tour. During the tour Helen consistently heard from South Australia’s young people that they want more opportunities in civics engagement. The projects aims to pre-enrol 16 and 17 year olds to be able to vote once they turn and 18 and to promote the idea that 16 and 17 year olds should be able to voluntarily vote in local, state and national elections  to have a say in the policies and decisions that affect their lives.


A mock election that coincided with the 2018 South Australian state election was held on Saturday March 17th. It involved 336 young people filling out a ballot for either the electoral district of Adelaide or Waite. This helped the young people participating to become familiar with the voting booths and ballot boxes, demystifying the actual process of voting so that they had a better understanding of what was involved on the day. It also included information on pre-enrolment, which many young people aged 18 years, went on to complete.

It was a unique opportunity for young people to come together in a practical way to learn about how democracy works around a subject they care deeply about.  (First Story) (Results) (Accompanying Teacher Research for class discussion)

To read the Democracy in Action report of the SA election, read it in full here! 

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