ACT Legislative Assembly


Visiting your Assembly

Welcome to the Legislative Assembly for the ACT

The Assembly is located at 196 London Circuit, Canberra City, ACT, adjacent the Canberra Theatre. Find us, contact us.

All visitors should present to security staff at the public entrance on the Civic Square side of the building. Please allow 5-10 minutes for security processing.

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Security

Everyone who enters the non-public areas of the Assembly Building must display an Assembly security access pass (a visitor pass or a permanent pass). You can obtain a visitor pass from the security desk at the public entrance, off Civic Square, when you arrive. Visitor pass holders must be escorted within the non-public areas of the building at all times.

Permanent security access passes may be issued for individuals and organisations who visit the Assembly regularly. These passes are limited and eligibility details are contained in the Building Access Pass Policy and Procedures. Policy documents and application forms.

Getting here and away

Parking

Visitors to the Assembly should use the paid short stay public parking adjacent the Assembly building. You can access this car park from Constitution Avenue. There are four disabled parking spaces in the car parks adjacent the Assembly building, but we are unable to guarantee their availability.

Other forms of transport

The Assembly is serviced by numerous bus routes that stop directly outside our building on London Circuit. We are also approximately 300 metres from the nearest platforms of the Civic bus interchange. Bus route and timetable information.

There are taxi ranks 100 metres from the public entrance, just past the National Australia Bank on London Circuit.

Are you...

Visiting a member?

Attending a sitting day?

Coming to a tour of the building?

Attending a committee hearing?

Attending an education program?

Wanting to hire a room?

Attending an appointment with a member

You need an appointment to visit a member of the Legislative Assembly.

Who are the current members?

Who are your representatives? (based on your suburb and electorate)

Security staff will help you contact the members' office when you arrive for your appointment. You must present for security screening and be escorted within the building at all times.

Attending a sitting day

Members of the public are welcome to watch Assembly proceedings from the gallery in the Assembly building on London Circuit.

The Assembly sits for approximately 14 weeks each year and usually sits on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of a scheduled sitting week. Sitting is from 10:00am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 6:30pm (although finishing times can change). Question time starts at 2:30. Check the sitting calendar

The Daily Program (or ‘blue’ as it is sometimes called) is an outline of the business that the Assembly is likely to consider during each sitting day. The Daily Program is published at 9am on each sitting day, and copies are available at the public entrance. The Daily Program is a guide only—the business may change if requested by the Assembly. Check the daily program

The seating at the back of the chamber is divided into sections: the public area is immediately behind the reserved front rows, which are for member's advisers.

In accordance with standard parliamentary practice, the following guidelines also apply:

  • Visitors should be dressed appropriately
  • Hats should not be worn in the chamber
  • No food or drink is to be brought into the chamber
  • Mobile phones must be turned to silent
  • No photography or recording is allowed.

If you would like to watch Assembly proceedings but are unable to attend the gallery, you can watch online (live or replay) via our Assembly on Demand webstreaming service.

Public tours of the building

Free public tours of the building are conducted every Wednesday at 1:30pm. Bookings are not required. Staff will greet you in the public entrance 10 minutes before the tour starts.

Attending a committee hearing

Most public hearings are held in Committee Rooms 1 and 2 in the Assembly building. Entrance to this part of the Assembly building is via the public entrance on Civic Square.

Public hearings are open to the public and the media. Check the public hearings schedule

If you have been invited to appear before a committee hearing, the committee secretary will be your main point of contact, and advise you on the process and protocols for your hearing. On arrival you can sit in the public section of the relevant committee room, or if the door for the hearing is closed, in the waiting area next to the committee rooms. Refer to the Guide for appearing as a witness before committees for more information.

If you have any special needs, please advise the secretary before the hearing.

If you would like to watch a hearing but are unable to attend on the day, you can watch online (live or replay) via our Assembly on Demand webstreaming service.

Attending an education program

The Assembly's education program promotes an understanding and appreciation of the role and significance of the Legislative Assembly to ACT citizens and visitors. Programs are held at the Legislative Assembly and we can provide short one-hour visits or full day programs, for groups from 10 to 100 people with programs tailored to suit the specific needs of the visiting group. All programs are free of charge (except for public service seminars).

Book a visit

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Contact education staff

Room hire

The Legislative Assembly has rooms that are available for hire when not in use for parliamentary or government functions.

Full details, including eligibility criteria and rates, are contained in the Guidelines for the use of Legislative Assembly facilities. Applications must be made using the Room booking application form. External individuals and groups will also need to enter into a licence agreement to use Assembly facilities, and, if required, arrange appropriate insurance cover.

Questions about the use of Legislative Assembly facilities should be directed to Assembly attendants on (02) 6205 0439 or LA.RoomBooking@act.gov.au

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Page last updated on 10 July 2017
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