Chamber Public Galleries

Public Gallery Bookings

Visitors to Parliament House may view the proceedings of both the House of Representatives and the Senate from the Public Galleries in the Chambers whenever the Houses are in session. At other times when Parliament House is open visitors may visit the Public Galleries.

Rules to be observed by visitors to the Chamber Galleries

  • Be seated by 2 pm.
  • Undergo secondary security screening.
  • Cloak bags, cameras, mobile telephones, IPods and other electrical equipment.
  • Be silent in the galleries; applause is not permitted during proceedings.
  • Not record, film or photograph proceedings or persons in the galleries.
  • Not disrupt proceedings.
  • Comply with instructions given by Security staff.

Failure to observe these instructions may result in removal.

If you have special needs including mobility problems, please alert the Serjeant-at-Arms office when making your booking to discuss your requirements. On arrival, contact security staff at the galleries who will provide assistance.

House of Representatives Galleries

There are 388 seats available for the public to view proceedings in the House of Representatives Public Galleries. Question Time in the House of Representatives is generally held at 2.00pm each sitting day and tickets can be booked to ensure a seat. Tickets can be obtained for individuals and groups. There is no charge for this service. Question time tickets for the House of Representatives can be booked during office hours by telephoning the Serjeant-at-Arm’s Office on 6277 4889 up until 12.30pm on the day required.

Tickets can be collected between 12.45 pm and 1.30 pm from the Cloak Room on the first floor near the House of Representatives Chamber. Ticket holders must arrive in time to be seated by 2 pm as, after this time, all empty seats will be filled by visitors who have not booked tickets.

Visitors who do not book tickets are generally able to view Question Time by arriving prior to 2.00 pm. Tickets in the public gallery for Budget night or Budget Reply night can also be booked through the Serjeant-at-Arm’s Office on 6277 4889 up until 3.30 pm on Budget Day/Budget Reply day.

Senate Chamber

It is not necessary to book to view Question Time in the Senate.

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