Parliament House School Tour Information

 

Schools have four options when visiting the Parliament of Tasmania.  All options are free of charge.  Bookings are essential.

OPTION 1:  See Parliament in Action
On sitting days, school groups can watch the House of Assembly from the Public Gallery.  This allows students to see the Members at work in the Chamber.  The House of Assembly sits from 10am.  This would be the recommended time for school groups to visit as the session begins with the Speaker’s Procession, Prayers and Question Time.  Generally, Bills are debated later in the morning and into the afternoon and/or evening.  The length of stay is at the discretion of the supervising teacher but for primary students about 20 to 30 minutes would be a good guide.  The sitting schedule is available here.
Please note:  Guided Tours and role-plays do not run on sitting days. 

OPTION 2:  Take a Guided Tour
Available only when Parliament is not sitting
School groups can take a guided tour of Parliament House.  The tour encompasses some of the history of the building and parliamentary practices.  Tours are available on non-sitting days only and commence at 10am and 2pm.  Please allow 90 minutes for a tour.

OPTION 3:  Engage in a role-play in the House of Assembly Chamber
Available only when Parliament is not sitting
School groups may participate in a role-play in the House of Assembly Chamber.  The scripted role-play introduces the students to the process of passing Bills through the House of Assembly.  Currently role-plays are available on - Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Please allow one hour for a role-play.

OPTION 4:  Take a Guided Tour and participate in a role-play in the House of Assembly Chamber
Available only when Parliament is not sitting
School groups can take a guided tour of Parliament House and participate in a House of Assembly role-play.  The tour encompasses some of the history of the building and parliamentary practices.  The scripted role-play introduces the students to the process of passing Bills through the House of Assembly.  Please allow two hours for a tour and role-play.  This option is available on - Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am or 2pm.

Contact details:
For further information or to book a school group, please contact the House of Assembly Education Officer via email at:  tours@parliament.tas.gov.au or phone 6212 2138