Question Time – 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 can see Parliament’s scrutinizing function in action by watching Question Time.  A booking for Question Time Viewing reserves a whole class space in the viewing gallery of the House of Assembly or Legislative Council from 2pm-2.45pm for the students to observe the liveliest part of a sitting day.

Note: Question time is available on live broadcast

If your booking is for Question Time Viewing only OR a combined Parliament Tour – Sitting Day + Question Time Viewing it is recommended that students be in at least year 6 or above AND towards the end of their civics & citizenship unit. It is helpful if students already know:

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

Parliament House


29/01/2018 – 14/12/2018

2.00pm to 2.45pm

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

Type: Special Program
Cost: FREE
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