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Public tours & programs

Public tours & programs

​​​A range of public tours and ptrograms are scheduled throughout the year for the public to engage with the workings of the Parliament. 

These events are designed for families and adults, and can offer the opportunity to view the chambers in session, meet with Members, and on non-sitting days​ to sit in the chambers.

Public Tours

Explore the Parliament with a free guided tour, kicking off at 1:30pm every Monday and Friday.

Please note: there is no public tour on Friday April 16 due to an event taking place in the legislative chambers.

Over one hour, our friendly guides will take you through the Legislative Chambers and the historic Parkes, Wentworth and Jubilee rooms. You will experience first-hand the beautiful colonial architecture while learning more about the role, history and work of the Parliament.

The tour is conducted in English and is suitable for visitors of all ages. Tours take place every day during the school holidays except the last Friday of the October school holidays when the Parliament celebrates its annual Family Fun Day by staging fun and educational activities for the public from 10am-3pm. 

Visits to the Legislative Chambers and to the historic rooms is subject to availability of those spaces at the time.

For any enquiries about the Public Tours please contact the Tours Officer on 9230 3444 email us.


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: 

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. 

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. 

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. 



Public Talks

Parliament Unpacked: A series of programs exploring how the Parliament works by providing visitors with an over view of the legislature, an opportunity to view the Chambers in session and then a chance to hear about the work of Members and Parliamentary Officers.

House Talks: A series of theme based talks with a focus on historical events, important anniversaries and engaging topics where we invite expert speakers to inform and entertain us.

For any enquiries about the Public Talks please contact the Education Section on 9230 2047 or email us

 

Family Fun Day

On a weekday in the October school holidays, the Parliament holds its annual open day, Family Fun Day with children’s craft, mystery object guessing competition, children’s trail, interactive theatrical event, the opportunity to visit the Chambers and more.

For any enquiries about Family Fun Day please contact the Education Section on 9230 2047 or email us

 

Sydney Open

As a significant heritage building, the Parliament joins many other cultural and historic sites in Sydney, in opening its doors to the public on a weekend in early November to participate in Sydney Open.

A variety of other public tours and programs take place during the year to commemorate anniversaries and to participate in well-established events such as History Week and Law Week.