Australasian Union of Jewish Students

Political Training Seminar

Political Training Seminar



PTS it the premier opportunity for AUJS members to engage with Australia's leaders, expand your understanding, and receive unparalleled skills training.

To be held at Parliament House in Canberra from Sunday 31 August 2014 until Tuesday 2 September 2014, you will be given the opportunity to meet leading Parliamentarians, unionists, journalists, lobbyists and community leaders and to broaden you understanding of the political system.

PTS 2014 will include:

  • various speakers including senior Parliamentarians, unionists, journalists, lobbyists and community leaders;
  • political skills training;
  • tours of Parliament House and around Canberra, including visits to the Old Parliament House and Australian War Memorial; and
  • the opportunity to meet and network with politically interested Jewish students from across Australia.

Applications are required as space is strictly limited on PTS:

All are encouraged to apply, whether you spend every day living and breathing politics or cannot remember who you voted for last election.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within 2 weeks. Please do not book flights to Canberra until you hear back from us.

Applications close on Monday 4 August 2014.

Please note that all Melbourne and Sydney participants must be available on the afternoon of Sunday 24 August 2014 for a compulsory pre-departure event. 



$280 per person, with:
- $20 travel subsidy for every successful NSW delegate,
- $50 flight subsidy for every successful Victorian delegate,
- $60 flight subsidy for every successful QLD delegate,
- $60 flight subsidy for every successful SA delegate,
- $60 flight subsidy for a limited number of successful delegates from WA and NZ.

Conference cost includes: all accommodation, all transportation in Canberra, all meals fully kosher catered, all activities.


Further means-tested subsidies are available for the conference. For a confidential conversation on subsidies please contact the AUJS Chairperson, Nicola Kobilski, at

Flying to Canberra:

Delegates flying to Canberra must be at Canberra International Airport by 10.00 AM on Sunday 31st August. 

An AUJS bus will be departing the airport at 10.00 AM sharp, for the conference start at 10:30 AM. Participants who do not arrive in time for the AUJS bus will need to find alternative transport to the hotel.

New South Wales delegates:

Delegates residing in NSW will be required to book onto a return bus from Sydney to Canberra. This will cost $39. Full information will be provided upon application. Delegates wishing to drive to Canberra will need to be in Canberra by 10AM on Sunday, 31 August.

Announced speakers:

  • David Speers, Political Editor at SKY NEWS, anchor of PM Agenda and The Nation on SKY NEWS National, and President of the Parliamentary Press Gallery
  • Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Communications
  • Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Opposition Leader, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development
  • Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, and the Shadow Minister for Tourism
  • Hon David Feeney MP, Labor MP for Batman, Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence, the Shadow Minister for Justice, Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Shadow Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC.
  • Kelly O'Dwyer MP, Member for Higgins and Chair, House Standing Committee on Economics
  • The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Communications, Member for Wentworth
  • The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Opposition Leader, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Development, Member for Sydney
  • Andrew Leigh, Labor Shadow Assistant Treasurer
  • Zed Seselja, Liberal Senator for ACT
  • Hon Christopher Pyne, Federal Education Minister, Leader of the House of Representatives
  • Senator The Hon Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veterans' Affairs.

Many more speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.