Joint statements by the Presiding Officers

  • Joint statement by the Presiding Officers on building operations at the Australian Parliament House 2021

    Changes to the ACT Government’s COVID restrictions have allowed a further easing of the measures in place at Australian Parliament House.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 10 May 2021


  • COVID-19 Statement by the Presiding Officers regarding Australian Parliament House access and operations

    Following consultation between the Presiding Officers, parliamentary departments and relevant health officials, access arrangements to Australian Parliament House (APH) for the coming sitting fortnight will remain as they were for the first sitting week this year (2-4 February).

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 11 February 2021


  • COVID-19 Statement by the Presiding Officers regarding Australian Parliament House access and operations

    Following consultation between the Presiding Officers, parliamentary departments and relevant health officials, the following access arrangements to Australian Parliament House (APH) are now in place and will remain so for both sitting and non-sitting weeks until further notice.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 29 January 2021


  • COVID-19 Statement by the Presiding Officers regarding on-going APH access

    Following consultations between the Presiding Officers, parliamentary departments and relevant health officials, the operations of Australian Parliament House (APH) will be as they were during the last sitting week.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 26 November 2020


  • COVID-19 Statement by the Presiding Officers regarding on-going APH access

    Following consultations between the Presiding Officers, parliamentary departments and relevant health officials, new access arrangements to Australian Parliament House (APH) are now in place and will remain so for both sitting and non-sitting weeks until further notice.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 3 November 2020


  • Appointment of the Parliamentary Budget Officer Dr Stein Helgeby

    The Presiding Officers are pleased to announce Dr Stein Helgeby has been appointed as the new Parliamentary Budget Officer for a four-year term from 18 November 2020.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 23 October 2020


  • Sittings of Parliament and Senate Estimates 19 to 30 October 2020

    The following arrangements will be put in place regarding operations and activities at Australian Parliament House (APH) for the upcoming parliamentary sitting period comprising the House of Representatives and Senate Budget Estimates hearings.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 15 October 2020


  • Arrangements for Budget week sitting period

    The Presiding Officers have advised that during Budget week, commencing from 5 October 2020, the same measures which were in place for the 24 August 2020 to 3 September 2020 sittings of Parliament will be implemented.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 14 September 2020


  • Reopening of Australian Parliament House to the public on 7 September 2020

    On 17 August 2020 we advised of arrangements made regarding operations and activities at Australian Parliament House (APH) for the parliamentary sitting period.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 4 September 2020


  • Wearing of masks for the period 24 August 2020 to 3 September 2020

    Over the last 6 months Australian Parliament House has applied multiple control measures to manage the increased risk of exposure to COVID-19.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 21 August 2020


  • A voyage of discovery: Sir Joseph Banks’ florilegium. Explore it your way

    To coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour Voyage of Discovery, Australian Parliament House is holding an exhibition showcasing the botanical prints from Banks’ Florilegium, based on the original plant specimens collected by Sir Joseph Banks during the voyage.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 18 August 2020


  • Sittings of Parliament – for the period 24 August 2020 to 3 September 2020

    Following consultations between the Presiding Officers, Parliamentary Departments and relevant Commonwealth officers and agencies including the Acting Chief Medical Officer and ACT Health the following arrangements have been made regarding operations and activities at Parliament House for the upcoming sittings, along with specific requests to persons travelling to the ACT.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 17 August 2020


  • COVID Safe and cautious reopening of APH to the public on 4 July 2020

    Joint statement from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP and the President of the Senate, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 2 July 2020


  • Updating changes to Parliament House operations

    On 16 March 2020 we advised of temporary and precautionary changes implemented as part of pandemic planning measures regarding the operations of Australian Parliament House (APH).

    Media release issue date: Friday, 5 June 2020


  • Temporary and precautionary changes to Parliament House operations

    On 16 March 2020 we advised of temporary and precautionary changes implemented as part of pandemic planning measures regarding the operations of Australian Parliament House (APH).

    Media release issue date: Monday, 11 May 2020


  • Temporary and precautionary changes to Parliament House operations

    Following implementation of pandemic planning measures, ongoing consultations between the Presiding Officers, Parliamentary Departments and relevant Commonwealth officers and agencies including the Chief Medical Officer, the following temporary and precautionary changes have been made regarding the operations of Parliament House.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 16 March 2020


  • Portrait of former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop unveiled

    A portrait of the 29th Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. Bronwyn Bishop, by artist Jiawei Shen, was unveiled today during a ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 26 November 2018


  • Poppies carpet Parliament House forecourt to mark centenary of armistice

    Eight-hundred square metres of handcrafted poppies carpet the majestic Parliament House forecourt from this Friday until 18 November, to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 7 November 2018


  • Former PM Julia Gillard’s official portrait to be unveiled today

    The official portrait of Australia’s first female Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard AC, will be unveiled at Parliament House, Canberra, today.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018


  • Australian Parliament House 30th Anniversary Open Day – Saturday 6 October

    Which building took 10,000 people to build, features a roof covered in turf the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and a flag mast which is one of the largest stainless steel structures in the world?

    Media release issue date: Friday, 21 September 2018


  • Portrait of former Governor-General on display in Denmark

    The Historic Memorials Collection portrait of former Governor-General the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO will go on display in Denmark as part of an exhibition of works by the renowned portrait artist Mr Ralph Heimans to celebrate the 50th birthday of Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark.

    Media release issue date: Wednesday, 23 May 2018


  • Step back in time and celebrate the 30th birthday of Parliament House

    Revisit the bold hues and geometric lines of 1980s Australian art, craft and design, and chart the progress of one of the country’s most ambitious building projects, at two special new exhibitions to mark the 30th birthday of Australian Parliament House.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 26 March 2018


  • Award-winning artist commissioned for official portrait of former Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard AC

    The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) has contracted artist Vincent Fantauzzo to complete the official portrait of former Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard AC for the Historic Memorials Collection.

    Media release issue date: Friday, 22 September 2017


  • Major art acquisition unveiled and exhibition launched

    A major new collaborative art work by two of Australia’s finest artists was unveiled at Parliament House today.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 17 August 2017


  • Portrait of first Indigenous Member officially unveiled and two new commissions announced

    Today the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP unveiled a portrait of the Member for Hasluck, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, at a ceremony in Parliament House, Canberra.

    Media release issue date: Monday, 29 May 2017


  • Death of Romaldo Giurgola AO

    Eight-hundred square metres of handcrafted poppies carpet the majestic Parliament House forecourt from this Friday until 18 November, to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War.

    Media release issue date: Tuesday, 17 May 2016


  • Australian Parliament House presented with Anzac Centenary Print Portfolio

    Eight-hundred square metres of handcrafted poppies carpet the majestic Parliament House forecourt from this Friday until 18 November, to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War.

    Media release issue date: Thursday, 17 March 2016


  • Australian Parliament House to be lit in the colours of the French Tricolore

    Eight-hundred square metres of handcrafted poppies carpet the majestic Parliament House forecourt from this Friday until 18 November, to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War.

    Media release issue date: Sunday, 15 November 2015