Due to COVID-19 Parliament House has limited public access. Bookings are essential for all public visits.

Parliament House is currently

See Parliament in action on your visit to Canberra

You're welcome to watch the proceedings of the House of Representatives and the Senate from the public galleries when you visit Parliament House.

Sitting calendar

Rules in the chamber galleries


Scheduled start times for sitting days






House of Representatives


12 noon









Watch Question Time

Question Time—when Parliament scrutinises the work of the government—takes place on sitting days in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and is a very popular time for people to visit. It usually starts at about 2pm in both houses.


On most sitting days, you can watch Question Time. There are 388 seats available for the public to view proceedings in the House of Representatives Public Galleries.


If you have a Question Time ticket, you must arrive in time to be seated by 2pm. After this time, empty seats will be given to visitors who have not booked tickets.


If you do not book tickets, you may be able to view Question Time if you arrive prior to 2pm.


Bookings aren't necessary for Question Time in the Senate. 



Book your tickets to Question Time

Call the Serjeant-at-Arms’ Office

02 6277 4889 (during office hours) 

Bookings close at 12.30pm on the day required.

Collect your tickets between 12.45pm and 1.30pm from the Cloak Room on the first floor near the House of Representatives Chamber.

If you have any medical or religious requirements that you would like to have taken into account, please alert the Serjeant-at-Arms’ Office when making your booking.

See issues examined in depth in committees

You're also welcome to sit in on any public committee hearings that are underway while you're here. Committees are a vital part of the Parliament—they examine current issues and legislation in detail and report on their findings.


More information about committees