Democracy Dash

Democracy Dash is a NT Youth Week (NTYW) event that is designed to teach students about democracy, the important work of democratic institutions and the responsibilities of citizens who live in a democracy. Students 'dash' around the CBD in an 'amazing race' style event, visiting several organisations; completing an activity at each location. The event is conducted each year during term one for Years 9-12.

Some of the organisations that participated in the event in 2018 were:

  • ABC studios
  • Amnesty International
  • City of Darwin
  • the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)
  • the NT Anti-Discrimination Commission
  • the NT Electoral Commission (NTEC)
  • NT Local Court
  • NT Legal Aid
  • NT Police
  • Parliament House

There are prizes for the wining team, and giveaways for all participants.

Students travel in teams of approximately 8 to 10 students with a teacher accompanying each group. The start and finish line is at Civic Park, which is located between Darwin City Council and Brown’s Mart on Smith Street. There is funding (limited) available for bus transport to the city, but there is also free parking available for school buses and free public transport for youth attending NT Youth Week events. A completed Risk Management Plan for your excursion paperwork is also available.

Democracy Dash is open to all students in Years 9-12, but is particularly beneficial to students studying civics, Legal Studies students and students in leadership positions. Plus it’s fun for everyone!

More information: Please contact our Education and Engagement Officer, Karen Parker, on 8999 7634 or email