Australian primary and secondary schools can participate in Parliament’s School Visit Program. Subject to availability, students can experience:

  • a one hour comprehensive guided tour, including the House of Representatives and Senate chambers and parliamentary exhibits;
  • a one hour Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) hands-on education program; and
  • a half hour hospitality session with the valuable opportunity to meet your local Member dependant on the Members’ availability

School tours are available 9am–4pm Monday to Friday between 1 February and mid-December, excluding public holidays. Program times are approximate.

Booking your visit

Due to high demand bookings are essential, and can be made up to two years in advance.

To book your school’s visit to Parliament House:

Bookings are processed in the order they are received. Once your booking has been confirmed, you will be advised by email.

If your requested date and time are not available, the School Bookings office will contact you to offer alternatives.

To assist with planning, please review the Public Liability Certificate and Risk Assessment Statement.

Financial assistance

The Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) is an Australian Government initiative that provides some financial assistance for Australian students in Years 4 to 12 to travel to Canberra. For further information—including eligibility and rebate amounts—visit the PACER website.


Please arrive at the front entrance of Parliament House 15 minutes prior to your visit. From the security screening proceed to the information desk in the foyer with your booking paperwork to confirm participant numbers and present PACER paperwork for authorisation.


Contact us

School Visits Program

Email or call 02 6277 4570