Schools Visiting Parliament House
You will need to:
- Contact your school’s local Member of Parliament
- The Electorate Office will need to know:
- Would you like sitting or non-sitting day?
You can not go on the floor of the Houses on sitting days
You can book to visit Question Time if you plan ahead
You can go on the floor of the Houses and sit in the seats in the House of Assembly e.g. Premiers seat etc and take photos
There are likely to be less groups visiting at the one time
When are sitting days?
Parliament SA Sitting Calendar
On a Non-Sitting Day you can choose a suitable time for you and your local Member of Parliament.
- On the Day you Visit:
- Enter Parliament House via the Centre Steps and Centre Hall
- Security machines similar to the Airport are in operation at the entrance and students and adults will need to have all of their bags and personal items scanned – you may like to allow an extra 5 minutes to your arrival time for this process to occur. Please ensure students do not have sharp objects in their bags including scissors or knives. Any illegal items (e.g. illegal knives) are confiscated by security staff and not returned. To facilitate passing through security students should empty pockets and have all items in their bags for scanning.
- Approach the reception desk. At the reception desk inform the staff member of your school name and the name of the Member of Parliament who is meeting with your group and they will contact them while you store the bags with your class. You will be issued with a key for storage of bags on the lower ground floor. You keep the key so that students’ bags are secure but still available if there are any emergency situations like needing an asthma inhaler. There are also public toilets available near the bag storage area.
- Only water bottles and pencils may be used in the actual chambers.
- What will you see?
- Student Parliamentary Debate
- On a Non-Sitting Week you may wish to perform a Parliamentary Style Debate which you have prepared during your visit. This may be negotiated with your local Member of Parliament or contact the Education Officer on 8237 9386 for further details. For a 2 minute video of a similar role play in the Commonwealth Parliament of Australia visit: http://www.peo.gov.au/multimedia/videos.html
- Resources on the South Australian Parliament