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House of Assembly Education Office (HAEO) Programs

Is the Parliament of Tasmania currently open to school groups?

Yes, the House of Assembly Education Office (HAEO) is very pleased to be able to offer the following programs:-

1. Guided tour of Parliament House: Non-sitting days only

On non-sitting days, a guided tour of Parliament House gives students an opportunity to visit one of Tasmania’s most iconic and important buildings. The tour covers a combination of the history of the building and contemporary parliamentary practices. The tour visits the Long Room, House of Assembly, Legislative Council, and time permitting, the Parliamentary Museum.

On non-sitting days, guided tours are available at 10am and 2pm. However, as many schools have to travel long distances to Hobart, there is some flexibility around start times. Teachers should allow approximately 60 minutes for a guided tour.

There is no cost for schools but bookings are essential.

Teachers must note that school tours of Parliament House are subject to the following Covid-19 safe measures:

2. Live online lesson with the House of Assembly Education Office: Available most days

The House of Assembly Education Office live online lesson allows schools to understand the work of the Parliament of Tasmania working through a video conference with HAEO staff.

For primary and secondary classes, the lesson links Australian Curriculum Civics and Citizenship outcomes with the work of the Parliament of Tasmania, in particular the House of Assembly. The lessons focus on the main functions of the Parliament of Tasmania including the law-making process.

Teachers should allow about 45 minutes for a lesson, and subject to availability, online lessons are available most days. The HAEO understands most classes are operating under the constraint of bell times, so start times are flexible.

There is no cost to schools but bookings are essential. Teachers need to discuss the lesson content and technical connection issues with an Education Office prior to the live online lesson with students.

3. Observe Parliament in Action: Sitting days only

On sitting days, school groups can watch the Parliament of Tasmania from the Public Galleries. This allows students to see the Members at work in the Chambers. The Parliament of Tasmania sits on selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the year, and teachers should check the sitting schedule before booking. The House of Assembly sits from 10am and the Legislative Council usually from 11am. Both Houses rise for a lunch break from 1pm to 2:30pm. The length of stay is at the discretion of the supervising teacher, but between 30 minutes to one hour observation is recommended for schools depending on the age and maturity of the group. There is no cost for schools but bookings are essential.

Teachers must note that school visits to the Public Gallery are subject to the following Covid-19 safe measures:

Contact details

For bookings or more information, please contact the House of Assembly Education Office
Phone: (03) 6212 2275

Email: haeo@parliament.tas.gov.au