About the Building

The Building

Overview of Parliament House

The home of Australia's Parliament and the meeting place of the nation, Parliament House is located on a 32-hectare site on Capital Hill and is the focal point of Canberra, the capital city of Australia.

History of Parliament House

Parliament House front view

The Australian Parliament which met for the first time in May 1901 was the most democratic in the world. The members of the first Parliament were a remarkable group of individuals, fired with a sense of destiny. In three years of hard work they laid the legislative foundation of the nation.

Architecture of Parliament House

Parliament House Architecture

Visitors experience the magnificent architecture and design of the building such as the 81-metre high flagmast, which is one of the world's largest stainless steel structures and is recognised as a national icon.

Environmental Management

Solar Panel pilot, photo taken by Project Manager, David Rayner

The focus of environmental management activities at Parliament House is to reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste generation.

Pride of Place

This documentary was produced by the House of Representatives and Broadcasting  Content (Department of Parliamentary Services) in 2008 for the 20th Anniversary of the opening of Parliament House. It includes interviews with the team of architects, builders and craftsmen and women, and explores the history of this magnificent building. Closed captions available.

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