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Bring your school to Parliament

More than 100,000 school students get first-hand knowledge of democracy and lawmaking on a visit to Parliament House every year. 

Australian primary and secondary schools can participate in Parliament’s School Visit Program. Subject to availability, students can experience:

  • a one hour comprehensive guided tour, including the House of Representatives and Senate chambers and parliamentary exhibits;
  • a one hour Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) hands-on education program; and
  • a half hour hospitality session with the valuable opportunity to meet your local Member dependant on the Members’ availability

School tours are available 9am–4pm Monday to Friday between 1 February and mid-December, excluding public holidays. Program times are approximate.

Booking your visit

Due to high demand bookings are essential, and can be made up to two years in advance.

To book your school’s visit to Parliament House:

Bookings are processed in the order they are received. Once your booking has been confirmed, you will be advised by email.

If your requested date and time are not available, the School Bookings office will contact you to offer alternatives.

To assist with planning, please review the Public Liability Certificate and Risk Assessment Statement.

Financial assistance

The Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) is an Australian Government initiative that provides some financial assistance for Australian students in Years 4 to 12 to travel to Canberra. For further information—including eligibility and rebate amounts—visit the PACER website.

Arrival

Please arrive at the front entrance of Parliament House 15 minutes prior to your visit. From the security screening proceed to the information desk in the foyer with your booking paperwork to confirm participant numbers and present PACER paperwork for authorisation.

Booking conditions

Agent bookings

Agents booking on behalf of schools must complete and email a separate booking form for each school booking request. Emails with multiple requests attached will not be accepted.

A booking by an agent will not be finalised until the school confirms. Schools will be forwarded a copy of all booking confirmations.

Group size limits

The maximum number of visitors per gallery is fifty students and five adults. If the requested numbers exceed the maximum, the bookings team will divide school groups into smaller groups to meet this requirement.

If more than the confirmed numbers arrive for the school visit, the additional students will not be able to participate.

Cancellations

Booking cancellations must be emailed to school.bookings@aph.gov.au and include confirmation of the cancellation in writing by the school.

Changes to bookings must be notified to the Serjeant-at-Arms’ Office as soon as possible by emailing school.bookings@aph.gov.au.

Duty of care

To participate in Parliament House education programs, your students must be accompanied by a teacher. The accompanying adult is encouraged to have their WWVP card and retains duty of care for all students at all times while at Parliament House.

role play

Take your seat in the PEO chamber!

The Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) immersive learning program gives primary and secondary students hands-on experience of how our Parliament works to make Australia a better place to live.

 

By debating a bill in the House of Representatives or Senate, or conducting a committee of inquiry, students will get an engaging, fun and practical understanding of the role of the Australian Parliament and the work of members of Parliament.

 

Find out more about the program at the PEO website.

 

Prepare for your visit with the Parliament House virtual tour and Parliamentary Education Office resources.

 

Parliamentary Education Program

Parliamentary Education Office

Email or call 02 6277 3508

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