Democracy Dash | NTEC

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'/scavenger hunt style event, visiting several organisations and completing an activity at each location. Democracy Dash is run in Alice Springs and Darwin, with plans to introduce a Katherine based event soon.

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

The organisations that regularly participate in Democracy Dash (across Darwin and Alice Springs) are:

Aboriginal Interpreter Service ABC studios
Alice Springs Town Council Amnesty International
City of DarwinDepartment of the Chief Minister
North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) NT Anti-Discrimination Commission
NT Electoral Commission (NTEC) NT Legal Aid Commission
NT Local and Supreme Courts NT Police
Office of the Children's Commissioner Office of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption NT (ICAC)
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!

Note: Dates for 2021 have not been set yet, but are likely to be in Term 1 (March) for Alice Springs, and Term 2 (June) and Term 3 (September) for Darwin.

A modified version of Democracy Dash can also be held at your school on request 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

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