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Planning a visit

Planning a visit

Can I attend the Parliament at the moment? – COVID-19 Announcement

The Parliament of NSW has now reopened to the public, and has in place a COVID Safe plan for managing persons in the Parliamentary precinct. 

The public areas of Parliament are now reopened to the public, with the exception of the public galleries in the chambers which remain closed to the public to ensure social distancing is maintained in the Parliamentary chambers. 

The Level 7 public café, as well as the post office are also opened with COVID Safe measures in place. 

Entry is via the security gatehouse on Macquarie Street, and is subject to the following conditions: 
  1. All public visitors will need to enter via the Macquarie Street gatehouse, and will need to pass a temperature and symptoms check on entry to the gatehouse. Visitors should follow signage and keep right at the front door to have a symptoms and bag check through security screening. Any visitors with symptoms will be asked to exit via the forecourt and exit turnstile back to Macquarie street and will be advised to follow health advice. 
  2. All visitors will need to check in via a QR Code via Service NSW app once they are in the LA entrance foyer, or at the LA or LC front desks – please follow signage to check in. Alternatively visitors can manually sign in at either the LA or LC front desks. A separate QR code and manual register check ins are required for the Level 7 Public Café. 
If you are unable to check in via the Service NSW app, you may manually sign in at the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council front reception desks. 

To ensure your entry to the Parliament is as quick as possible, please download the Service NSW app before you arrive

More information about checking in with the app 
  1. You will need to QR code check in to enter (or sign in manually). 
  2. You will need to do so via the Service NSW app. You will need to download it first from here (iPhone) or here (Android)
  3. You do NOT need to log in to the app, or obtain a Service NSW account if you don’t want to (although doing so means you don’t have to manually enter information into the app). 
  4. If you do not have a Service NSW account, or do not link it to your app, then when you scan the QR Code on the wall for the first time, it will ask you to manually enter your information and then confirm your phone number with a text code. 
  5. Scan the QR code on the wall on entry, in the same way as the existing QR codes on sitting days. Once your app is set up, you will not have to continue to manually enter information on subsequent visits. 

​​​Planning a Visit 

A visit to the Parliament of NSW provides a rare opportunity to explore a significant 19th century historic site while also observing the workings of democracy in a modern parliament. For school visits see school tours & programs.

The Parliament of NSW is housed in one of the buildings formerly known as the Rum Hospital and is also Australia’s first parliament established in 1829.

When the Parliament is sitting, public access to the Chambers is restricted to the Visitors' Galleries. It is advisable to book in advance for Question Time in the Legislative Assembly, held at 2:15 pm daily on sitting days​. On non-sitting days when the Chambers are not in use, you may also visit inside both historic chambers. For public visits see public tours & programs.

The Fountain Court provides the central lobby for the Parliament by connecting the old Rum Hospital rooms and historic chambers with the 20th century building containing offices, parliamentary library and a public café. The celebratory fountain designed by Robert Woodward stands in the centre with changing exhibitions displayed around the walls. 

The Parliament is open to the public weekdays from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm throughout the year, with the exception of most public holidays and over the two week closure for the Christmas and New Year break.

The Parliament of NSW building is located in Macquarie Street, closer to Hyde Park than Circular Quay, close to Martin Place Railway station and Elizabeth Street buses.  

Street address:
Parliament of New South Wales
6 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

  • Enquiries: (02) 9230 2111 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday except public holidays)
  • ​Tour and Group Bookings: (02) 9230 3444