Secondary School Tour

Secondary School Tour

Before you book

Consider what type of experience you would like for your students. 

Guided tour – Students sit in the historic Legislative Chambers and have an opportunity to participate in a role play. These are only available on non sitting days.

Question Time – Students will have an introduction followed by the opportunity to view Question Time in the Legislative Assembly Chamber and the proceedings in the Legislative Council. Available on sitting days only.

Legal Studies Program – an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the nature and function of law through the examination of the law-making process and legislative institutions. Recommended for Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies.

EXPERIENCE DURATION AVAILABLE ON START TIMES MAX. NUMBERS
Guided Tour 90 minutes Non sitting day only 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3pm 50
Short introduction and Question Time 45 – 60 minutes* (minimum) Sitting days only 1:30pm 50
Legal Studies Program 2 hours Only Wednesdays and Thursdays in Sitting Weeks 11am 50

Please allow sufficient time (at least 15 minutes) before and after your visit for students to drop off and collect bags, use toilets, and get through security checks.


How to book

  • Check the  NSW Sitting Day Calendar to find the right date for the type of experience for your students. The days marked green, dark red or blue indicate that one or both of the houses are sitting and the Guided Tours are not offered. The Parliament is closed on weekends and public holidays.
  • Please have the following information ready
    • School’s name
    • Your phone number and the school phone number
    • Your best contact email address
    • Year of students
    • Number of students
    • Number of teachers and accompanying adults
    • Details on where your class will be up to with your unit of work on the Parliament
    • Details of any students with special needs that would help us prepare for your visit

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After booking

  • Please see our  Excursion Risk Assessment.
  • Inform the students their bags will be scanned (similar to an airport) when arriving at the NSW Parliament. Students should not bring sharp objects, scissors, compasses etc. 
  • To add to your experience, you may be able to meet your local member! Once a booking has been made, an email will be sent to the electorate office, and the Member will attend if available.
  • Choose students for the role play before you arrive for your program. Students will be given pre-written scripts to read. It will be helpful if students are ready to take on a role in the Chamber. Some suggestions could include:
    • Students who are fluent readers
    • Students who are happy to speak in front of their peers
    • Students from both classes if your excursion combines different classes. 

In one tour group you will need 10 students to play;

ROLE STUDENT NAME
Speaker  
Attorney General  
Shadow Attorney General  
Premier  
Leader of the Opposition  
Government backbencher  
Opposition backbencher  
President  
Leader of the Government  
Leader of the Opposition  
Chair of Committees  
Crossbench member  

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