Democracy Dash

Yirara College - 2020

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. Democracy Dash is run in Alice Springs and Darwin, with plans to introduce a Katherine based event soon.

COVID-19 update: the Darwin based Democracy Dash scheduled for 19 June has been postponed, we hope to run the event in late September instead. The Alice Springs dash was held in March 2020, and we plan to hold it again in March 2021.

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 regularly participate in Democracy Dash are:

  • Aboriginal Interpreter Service
  • ABC studios
  • Alice Springs Town Council
  • Amnesty International
  • City of Darwin
  • Department of the Chief Minister
  • 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