17 May 2021
Activities for your visit to Parliament House
Parliament House in Canberra is home to Australia’s Parliament. It is a place where decisions that shape our nation are made, and a place for celebration, memorial and sometimes protest. Most importantly, it is a place for all Australians.
There is lots to see and do at Parliament House. The mandatory tour of the building includes the Senate and House of Representatives chambers, as well as highlights of the public areas. On sitting days, you will be able to watch Parliament in action and may have the opportunity to meet your local member of parliament.
Where possible, primary and secondary groups should also participate in an immersive learning program with the Parliamentary Education Office. By debating a bill in the House of Representatives or Senate, or conducting a committee of inquiry, students will get an engaging, fun and practical understanding of the role of the Australian Parliament and the work of members of Parliament.
While at Parliament House, you may also want to:
- follow the tracks to the central meeting place in Kumantye Jagamara’s Possum and Wallaby Dreaming mosaic in the forecourt.
- watch Parliament in action. The viewing galleries in both chambers are always open but free tickets are required for groups to watch Question Time at 2pm each sitting day. Contact the Serjeant-at-Arms Office to arrange your tickets.
- discover Parliament House in miniature with the Lego Parliament House. Can you find the school group? What are other people doing in Parliament House?
- explore the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with the Apology to Indigenous People, Yirrkala petitions and Barunga Statement.
Find out more about what is on offer at Parliament House on the APH website.