In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, the President of the Legislative Council and Speaker of the House of Assembly have made the following decisions regarding access and visitation to Parliament House. Parliament House takes its responsibility to its building occupants and the community seriously and is committed to assisting in reducing the risk of spread of COVID-19.
Until further notice:
• All public tours are cancelled;
• All school tours are cancelled;
• Non-access card holders will not be permitted into the Chamber public galleries on sitting days or Committee public galleries to view proceedings. This does not affect Committee witnesses; and
• No future applications for demonstrations on the step of Parliament House will be approved and existing demonstrations over 500 (which will be subject to revision) will be contacted to advise that approval has been rescinded.
Parliament is always open, transparent and accessible through its live broadcasting facilities, including Parliamentary sittings and committee hearings. You can access live broadcasts here: https://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/About-Parliament/Live-Broadcast
You can also access transcripts of all Parliamentary proceedings here: https://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/About-Parliament/Hansard
When Parliament is not sitting, guided public tours are available free of charge at 10am and 2pm on weekdays. Click here to view the sitting calendar.
School tours are an excellent way to enhance student learning around South Australian history, Civics & Citizenship, and Legal studies. Students can explore both houses of Parliament and the Parliamentary Research Library.
School tours are hosted by the school’s local member of Parliament. Requests for school tours must be made directly to the office of a member of Parliament.
How to organise a school tour
Prepare your students for arrival at Parliament House.
If your member is unavailable, other options may be available.
On non-sitting days you can go onto the floors of the House of Assembly and Legislative Council and sit in the members’ seats. Students can debate in the House of Assembly chamber. We recommend non-sitting days for learners at the beginning of a Civics & Citizenship unit, or below year 9.
On sitting days students observe proceedings from the public viewing galleries in silence. There is the opportunity to watch question time. We recommend sitting days for learners who have completed a unit of work and are ready to watch Parliament in action, or senior students.
A maximum of 33 students.
Members of the Legislative Council represent all South Australians and may be able to assist you with your school tour. Click here for a list of Legislative Council members and their office contact details.
The Community Education Office runs regular tours for TAFE classes, tertiary institutions and adult learners. Contact the Education Officer for dates and further information.
(08) 8237 9386
The Community Education Office runs regular tours for mentoring groups and graduates within the public sector. Contact the Education Officer for dates and further information.
(08) 8237 9386
Community groups, clubs and interest groups are welcome to contact a member of the House of Assembly or the Legislative Council to request a tour. Click here for contact information for Legislative Council members. Click here for contact information for House of Assembly Members. If you need assistance finding your electorate and contacting your local member:
The accessible entrance to Parliament House is available via the Old Parliament House doors on North Terrace.
Please call (08) 8237 9200 for assistance. There is an intercom at the entrance doors for your convenience.