Parliament House

Parliament House is open every day except Christmas Day:

All visitor information is here.

Be sure to plan your visit - take a moment to read this.

When is Parliament sitting? See here.

You can also watch Parliament Live.

Australian primary and secondary schools can participate in Parliament’s School Visit Program. Subject to availability, students can experience:

  • a one hour comprehensive guided tour, including the House of Representatives and Senate chambers and parliamentary exhibits;
  • a one hour Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) hands-on education program; and
    -Tue 9am-6pm, Wed-Thu 8.30am-6pm
  • a half hour hospitality session with the valuable opportunity to meet your local Member dependant on the Members’ availability

School tours are available 9am–4pm Monday to Friday between 1 February and mid-December, excluding public holidays. Program times are approximate.

Due to high demand bookings are essential, and can be made up to two years in advance.

To book your school’s visit to Parliament House:

Bookings are processed in the order they are received. Once your booking has been confirmed, you will be advised by email.

If your requested date and time are not available, the School Bookings office will contact you to offer alternatives. Email or call 02 6277 4570.


You’re welcome to watch the proceedings of the House of Representatives and the Senate from the public galleries when you visit Parliament House.

Question Time takes place on sitting days in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and is a very popular time for people to visit. It usually starts at about 2pm in both houses.

On most sitting days, you can watch Question Time. There are 388 seats available for the public to view proceedings in the House of Representatives Public Galleries.

If you have a Question Time ticket, you must arrive in time to be seated by 2pm. After this time, empty seats will be given to visitors who have not booked tickets.

If you do not book tickets, you may be able to view Question Time if you arrive prior to 2pm.Call the Serjeant-at-Arms’ Office 02 6277 4889 (during office hours). Bookings close at 12.30pm on the day required. Collect your tickets between 12.45pm and 1.30pm from the Cloak Room on the first floor near the House of Representatives Chamber.

Some helpful links about the work of the Australian Parliament are below:

Full list of Senators and Members

The Senate

The House of Representatives



Parliamentary Library

Things to do at APH

Parliament House's art collection

Parliamentary Business

Work of the Parliament

Parliamentary Education Office