Primary & secondary chamber tours
Excursion Risk Assessment for Parliament of New South Wales
Excursion Risk Assessment NSW Parliament.pdf
Booking a school tour
Education tours of the Parliament of New South Wales are free but must be booked in advance:
About school tours
- by telephone - call the Legislative Assembly front desk on (02) 9230 3444
There are important differences between tours conducted on non-sitting days
and those on sitting days
- see the Sitting Days calendar
on the Home page of the website.
On sitting days
, only a very limited tour can be offered (excepting visits before 12 noon on Tuesdays) and will generally be restricted to viewing Parliament in session from the Visitors' Galleries.
On non-sitting days
conducted tours will normally include visits to both Houses of Parliament and a role-play. Teachers should allow for 2 hours when planning non-sitting day tours. The actual tour time is 90 minutes with role play included, but additional organisational time must be allowed for transport delays, movement, security processes, bags, and comfort stops. Members of Parliament are advised of group visits and will sometimes be able to meet groups from their electorates.
The daily non-sitting day tour schedule is shown below.
|1:Tour||2: Arrive Parliament House||3: Tour commences Legislative Assembly||4: Tour commences Legislative Council||5: Depart Parliament House|
Tours will commence as soon as the group is ready but no later than time shown in column 3.
For primary schools, the maximum group size for each time slot is 60. The recommended maximum for secondary school groups is 50. Small groups may sometimes be combined with other small groups if their requirements are similar.
Education tours are focussed on NSW curriculum requirements and can be tailored to meet group needs. Whilst completing a tour students will engage in civics and citizenship education, learning about the procedures of parliament, the growth and processes of democracy in NSW and within the Australian federal system. They may participate in a role-play, meet their local Member of Parliament or, on a sitting day, observe Parliament in action. A range of education resources are also available online from our education publications
The more preparation a group has done before the tour in the study of government and the operation of parliament, the more effective their visit will be.
- Primary school tours relate mainly to civics and citizenship in the HSIE K-6 syllabus, specifically Stage 3.
- Secondary school tours relate mainly to the Stage 5 Commerce syllabus and to Legal Studies Stage 6. Content of the tour is linked to civics and citizenship, government and legislative processes.