Parliament Tour – Sitting Day

On a sitting day the Members of Parliament are using the House of Assembly and Legislative Council chambers. Students cannot access the floors of the chambers, but can view proceedings from the public galleries.

Students participate in an abridged tour of Parliament House hosted by their local Member of State Parliament. The tour covers:

  •  levels of government
  • the separation of powers
  • the role of Parliament
  • the role of Members of Parliament
  • elections
  • interesting historical facts and conventions connected to the Parliament of South Australia

The tour includes a visit to the:

  • Old Chamber (if available);
  • House of Assembly viewing gallery;
  • Legislative Council viewing gallery; and

Parliamentary Research Library (if time permits)

Important information:

Students are likely to watch Parliament sit, and when viewing Parliament students must be seated in silence.  There is no avenue to support students while they are watching proceedings.  Accordingly, it is helpful if students already know:

  • who sits where in the chambers
  • the role of Parliament
  • the role of Members of Parliament
  • the three levels of government
  • the separation of powers

It is recommended that students be in at least year 6 or above, and towards the end of their civics & citizenship unit.

Parliament House


29/01/2018 – 14/12/2018

9.00am to 5.30pm (to be negotiated on booking with local Member)

Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Area: HASS - Civics and Citizenship, HASS - History

Type: Special Program
Cost: FREE (Registration is essential)
Participants: Maximum 33 students
Duration: 45 minutes

School bookings

ALL school visits must be booked in advance.

Programs may be booked individually or in the following combinations:

  • Parliament Tour – Sitting Day + Question Time Viewing – Sitting Day
  • Parliament Tour – Non-Sitting Day + Debate – Non-Sitting Day

Booking instructions for Tours & Debates:

Find the state electorate that your school falls within

  1. Call the electorate office
  2. Coordinate a time for the program (or program combination) of your choice
  3. Your program will be hosted by your school’s local Member of State Parliament, or their electorate office staff

Don’t know your school’s electorate? Go to the Electoral Commission of SA’s website and try the Interactive Boundaries Map.

It is recommended that you have a selection of dates and times to present to the electorate office to work around the Member’s availability.

Booking instructions for Question Time Viewing only (no tour):

Contact the House of Assembly

Organising your visit

Please consider whether a sitting day or a non-sitting day is best for your class – the sitting calendar is available on the Parliament of SA’s website.

Allow extra time before your tour starts to clear through a security screening

Secure storage is available for school bags

Public toilets are available

Water bottles are the only item permitted on school tours