Democracy Dash

Democracy Dash is an education event that is designed to teach middle and senior 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 and completing an activity at each location. The inaugural Alice Springs based Democracy Dash took place in September 2019, so this event is now held in Alice Springs and Darwin, with plans for a Katherine based event in 2020.

Students travel in teams of approximately 8 to 10 students with a teacher accompanying each group and there are prizes for the winning teams, and giveaways for all participants.

The organisations that participated in our 2019 'dashes' were:

  • Aboriginal Interpreter Service
  • ABC studios
  • Alice Springs Town Council
  • Amnesty International
  • City of Darwin
  • City of Palmerston
  • Department of the Chief Minister
  • Melaleuca Refugee Centre
  • the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)
  • the NT Anti-Discrimination Commission
  • the NT Electoral Commission (NTEC)
  • NT Local and Supreme Courts
  • NT Legal Aid
  • NT Police
  • Parliamentary Education Services
  • The Residency (Alice Springs)

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

A modified version of Democracy Dash can also be held at your school if you have a large number of participating students (Darwin and surrounds only).

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