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

  • Undergo secondary security screening.
  • Cloak bags, hats, 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 any medical or religious requirements, which you would like to have taken into account, please alert the Serjeant-at-Arms’ Office when making your booking to observe question time. Alternatively, on arrival, contact security staff at the House of Representatives or Senate 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 2.00 pm each sitting day and tickets can be booked to ensure a seat. Tickets can be obtained for individuals or 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-Arms’ Office on (02) 6277 4889 up until 12.30 pm 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. Question Time ticket holders must arrive in time to be seated by 2.00 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.

Limited seating is available for the public in the galleries on Budget night. Tickets cannot be pre-booked. Members of the public wishing to attend will need to queue.

Senate Chamber

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

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