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Whether you’re a Canberran or from out of town, everyone is welcome to visit the ACT Legislative Assembly!
Where is the Assembly?
The Assembly is located at 196 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT.
The public entrance to the Assembly is accessible from Civic Square, on the eastern side adjacent to the Canberra Theatre Centre.
How do I get there?
By public transport
The Assembly is a 6-minute walk from the Alinga Street light rail station and Civic interchange. There are also two bus-stops outside the Assembly building (stops 3003 and 3356) serviced by Transport Canberra routes R2 – R7, R10, 54 – 58, 180 – 182, and Qcity Transit routes 830 and 842.
School or charter busses are able to set down visitors in the designated stop on Civic Square, but availability of these spaces cannot be guaranteed.
Due to the construction of Constitution Place, the northeast Constitution Avenue short-stay carpark is closed. Instead, paid short-stay public parking is available in the southeast Constitution Avenue carpark (access off Constitution Avenue) and the London Circuit carpark beside the CMAG building (access off London Circuit).
There are disabled parking spaces available beside to the Assembly.
What can I expect when I arrive?
All visitors to the Assembly are required to undergo security screening. This will include scanning any bags or items you may bring and passing through a metal detector. This is done by our attendants’ team and helps maintain a safe and protected environment.
If you require assistance with the screening process, just let one of our friendly attendants know. You can also contact the Principal Attendant to discus any concerns you may have on (02) 6205 0439.
Threatening and prohibited items
Items considered threatening or security risks will be confiscated and held by the attendants for the duration of your visit. The Australian Federal Police will be called should any prohibited items or weapons be bought onto the premises.
What’s happens next?
What happens next depends on what you’re visiting for:
You need an appointment to visit a member of the Legislative Assembly. Contact your local members' to organise a meeting.
Security staff will contact the member’s office when you arrive for your appointment. You will need to obtain a visitor pass from the security desk at the when you arrive. Visitor passes must be displayed at all times and you must be accompanied by a staff member in all secure parts of the building.
Anyone is welcome to watch a sitting of the Assembly from the public gallery. It is important to check when the next sitting day before traveling to the Assembly to watch the chamber in session, as the Assembly sits irregularly. When is the next sitting day?
Sitting days run from 10.00am until midday, and from 2.00pm until 6.30pm (end times may vary). Question time starts at 2.00pm each sitting day, except for Budget Day.
You can find the agenda of each sitting in the Daily Program, published at 9.00am each sitting day. The Daily Program is only a guide, as matters may change at little-to-no notice as the Assembly chooses.
Seating in the public gallery is split into two sections. You're welcome to sit anywhere behind the first two rows, which are reserved for members' and ministers' advisers. While in the public gallery, we also ask you follow these rules:
- Please dress appropriately, including wearing shoes and removing non-religious head-wear.
- No food or drink can be brought into the chamber.
- Mobile phones must be switched to silent
- No photography or video recording is allowed.
If you are unable to make it to the Assembly to watch from the gallery, you can watch online (either live or on demand) through our Assembly on Demand service. Visit Assembly on Demand.
Anyone is welcome to attend public hearings held by Assembly committees.
Most hearings are held in Committee Room 1 or the Kiribati Room in the Assembly building, however they do occasionally occur at other locations in the ACT. It is important to check where a hearing is being held before travelling to attend it. Check the latest public hearing schedule.
If you have been invited to appear before a committee, the committee secretary will be your main point of contact and advise you on the process and protocols for the hearing. On arrival you can sit in the committee rooms' public gallery, or in the waiting area next to the committee rooms if the door is closed. Guide to appearing before a committee.
Should you have any special requirements, let the committee secretary know before the hearing so we can make your appearance as comfortable and easy as possible.
If you are unable to make it to a hearing, you can watch online (either live or on demand) through our Assembly on Demand service. Visit Assembly on Demand.
Most education programs take place in the Reception Room in the Assembly building. This is to your right immediately after clearing security.
At education programs and events, you will be given a Assembly badge to wear. Badges must be worn at all times while in the Assembly building and should be returned before departing from the program. For school visits, students will not be given badges but will be escorted around the building by education officers.
Anyone is welcome to join one of our free public tours of the Assembly building. Tours run every Wednesday at 1.00pm from the Assembly foyer and take between 45 – 60 minutes.
The tour takes you behind the scenes, offering an insight into the running of Australia's youngest parliament. Highlights include visiting the committee rooms, seeing items of the Assembly art collection, and experiencing the gravitas of the debating chamber.
On sitting Wednesdays, tours will conclude in the chamber at 1.55pm with the option of continuing on to watch question time. When is the next sitting Wednesday?
Bookings for individuals or small groups are not required. If you have a medium to large group, we may be able to run a dedicated tour. Booking enquiries for group tours.
Visit safety information
Venue and safety information is available to download. This offers a comprehensive overview of the Assembly as a venue and site safety for visiting groups. It also includes a model risk assessment for school excursions.