About the Building

Image of the facade 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.


School students holding the Parliament House flag
About the Flag

The flag is 12.8 x 6.4 metres, which is roughly the size of a double-decker bus.


Front view of Parliament Hose from a distance
Environmental Management

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

Members' Hall
Architecture of Parliament House

Opened on 9 May 1988 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the building was designed by Romaldo Giurgola of Mitchell/Giurgola and Thorp architects and was constructed almost entirely of Australian materials.

Parliament House
History of Parliament House

Since opening in 1988, Parliament House has been the national symbol of democracy.

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.