FAQ

Visit the EEC

 
 
Q: When is the Electoral Education Centre open?
 

The Electoral Education Centre (EEC) is open weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm. With prior arrangement, groups wishing to visit the EEC on weekends or in the evening can generally be accommodated.

Q: How much does it cost to visit the Electoral Education Centre?
 

Admission to the Electoral Education Centre is free. A range of resource materials is also available at no cost.

Q: How long is a standard visit?
 

Teachers should allocate one and a half hours for a standard group visit, however, times can be varied to suit a particular group’s requirements.

Q: What should students bring to the Electoral Education Centre?
 

Students do not need to bring anything to the Electoral Education Centre (EEC). Pencils, activity sheets and clip boards are provided to students for use at the EEC.

Students may bring their own lunch and drinks to consume before or after their visit in the courtyard or on the lawn at the front of the building.

Q: Is there public parking available at the Electoral Education Centre?
 

No. Metered parking is available on Parliament Place and on Havelock Street. There are two ACROD parking bays available to visitors to the Electoral Education Centre with valid parking permits.

Q: Where can our school bus park?
 

School buses can park out the front of the Constitutional Centre on Havelock Street.

Q: Where should I assemble my group when we arrive at the Electoral Education Centre?
 

When arriving at the Electoral Education Centre (EEC), please assemble students in the main courtyard area at least five minutes prior to program commencement. Your presenter will usually be waiting for you.

The EEC has a small administration office which is accessed via the courtyard.

There is no need to enter the Constitutional Centre’s administration building.

Q: Where can we store our lunches?
 

When you arrive at the Electoral Education Centre, please ask one of the friendly staff about storing your lunches. Your lunches can be put in one of the display rooms until they are required.

Q: Where can students eat their lunch?
 

Students can eat their lunches in the courtyard area or on the lawn area at the front of the building. There are toilet facilities in the courtyard as well as a drink fountain and bench seats.

Students and teachers will need to be aware that there are offices with people working in them around the courtyard, so noise should be kept at a polite level.

Q: Does the Electoral Education Centre have Public Liability Insurance cover?

The Western Australian Electoral Commission - Electoral Education Centre has the appropriate insurance cover. View the Certificate of Currency (PDF, 36 kB).

Q: Does the Electoral Education Centre provide resources to student and community groups?
 

Yes. Please contact the Electoral Education Centre (EEC) with your request. We generally do not send class sets of resources through the mail, but on request, we can provide class sets to groups who visit the EEC.

Q: Can programs be run as an incursion at our school or college?
 

Yes. Bookings can be made for Electoral Education Centre staff to visit schools and other educational settings to present electoral programs within the class room. These sessions usually run for one hour. See EEC comes to you for more information or make a booking enquiry.

Q: How much does it cost to have an Electoral Education Centre presenter come to our school?
 

There are no costs associated with booking an Electoral Education Centre presentation for your school.

Q: How long does a presentation usually last?
 

A typical presentation lasts an hour, but can be adapted to suit your requirements.

Q: Can presentations be booked for a number of class groups on the same day?
 

Yes. You can arrange to have multiple presentations for different class groups during a visit. Please discuss this with the Electoral Education Centre’s friendly staff.

Q: Can the Electoral Education Centre conduct presentations in schools in regional and remote areas?
 

Yes, but advanced notice is required so the Electoral Education Centre can arrange for other schools in the area to participate.

Q: Does the teacher have to remain in the room during a presentation?
 

Yes. Teachers are required to supervise their class group and may be called upon assist the presenter.

Q: Are any resources provided to accompany the presentation?
 

There are activity sheets available for download, but resources are not provided for the presentation

Q: What type of elections can the Electoral Education Centre conduct?
 

The Electoral Education Centre can help with any student election, like a student council election. This service is provided free of charge.

Q: Can the Electoral Education Centre help with student elections in regional or remote Western Australia?
 

Yes. The Electoral Education Centre (EEC) can usually travel to and conduct student elections in regional and remote areas. However, bookings must be made well in advance. If staff are unable to visit your school for any reason, the EEC can still provide assistance by preparing all the ballot papers and sending them to your school. After voting, the ballot papers are returned to the EEC, where staff will conduct the count and notify you of the results.

Q: How are student elections conducted?
 

Student elections are conducted at your school. Electoral Education Centre (EEC) staff will create your ballot papers off site, and bring them and other equipment (including ballot boxes, pencils and voting screens) to your school on polling day. Staff can remain on hand to explain the voting process to students. Once voting is completed, the ballot box(es) containing the votes will be taken back to the EEC where the count will be conducted.

Q: How are the votes counted?
 

A school can choose either first-past-the post or preferential voting for their election. Electoral Education Centre staff will use the selected voting system when creating ballot papers and conducting the count.

Q: When will we get the results?
 

Results are usually available within two days of voting.

Q: Can we conduct our own student elections?
 

Yes. Resources are available to help teachers conduct their own elections, including instructions and templates for creating nomination forms and ballot papers.

You can always contact the Electoral Education Centre for help and advice.

Q: What is a ballot box loan?
 

A ballot box loan is a kit containing teaching resources and equipment that is loaned to a school (or community group) to help teachers run EEC programs in their classroom.

Any school or community group can request a ballot box loan. The kit is delivered and returned by post.

Q: What is included in a ballot box?
 

The package will contain a CD with lesson plans and templates and some equipment to help teachers conduct an authentic mock election.

Q: How much does a ballot box loan cost?
 

The ballot box loan program is provided free of charge, except for the return postage.

Q: Can a ballot box be delivered to a school in a regional or remote area?
 

Yes. The program is specifically designed for schools who may find it difficult to access the Electoral Education Centre’s other services.

Q: What is the Electoral Education Centre?
 

The Electoral Education Centre is run by the Western Australian Electoral Commission as a facility dedicated to the improvement of electoral education and awareness in Western Australia.

Q: Where is the Electoral Education Centre?
 

The Electoral Education Centre is located at 40 Havelock Street, West Perth, next to the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia and close to Parliament House.

Contact the EEC

Q: What services does the Electoral Education Centre offer?
 

The Electoral Education Centre offers the following services:

  • in house presentations and activities for casual and group visitors
  • external presentations (incursions) for your school or community organisation
  • resources and information for teachers
  • resources and fact sheets for students
  • conducting student council elections.

Last Updated: 24 July, 2018 - 3:23pm