Parliamentary Sitting Days

See if Parliament is in session when you are in Canberra!

Why not plan your excursion to Canberra to coincide with when Parliament is sitting! It is a valuable experience for students to see Parliament in action. They may even get the opportunity to meet a Member of Parliament.

45th Parliament

Autumn session

    • 12 to 14 February – Both Chambers sit, Senate 2/3 Cut Off on Wednesday, 13 February
    • 15 to 17 February – Non sitting days
    • 18 to 21 February – House of Representatives sits, Senate Additional Estimates
    • 22 February to 10 March – Non sitting days
    • 11 March – Canberra Day (Public Holiday)
    • 12 March to 1 April – Non sitting days
    • 2 April – Budget, Both Chambers sit
    • 3 April – Both Chambers sit, Senate 2/3 Cut Off on Wednesday, 3 April
    • 4 April – House of Representatives sits, Senate Budget Estimates
    • 5 to 7 April – Non sitting days
    • 8 to 10 April – Senate Budget Estimates

45th Parliament Prorogued, House of Representatives dissolved on 11 April

General Election held 18 May 2019

46th Parliament

Winter session

    • 13 to 16 May – Both Chambers sit
    • 17 to 26 May – Non sitting days
    • 27 May – Reconciliation Day (Public Holiday)
    • 28 May to 9 June – Non sitting days
    • 10 June – Queen’s Birthday (Public Holiday)
    • 11 June to 1 July – Non sitting days
    • 2 to 4 July – Both Chambers sit
    • 5 to 21 July – Non sitting days
    • 22 to 25 July – Both Chambers sit
    • 26 to 28 July – Non sitting days
    • 29 July to 1 August – Both Chambers sit, Senate 2/3 Cut Off Monday, 29 July
    • 2 August to 8 September – Non sitting days, winter break

Spring session

    • 9 to 19 September – Both Chambers sit, Senate 2/3 Cut Off Tuesday, 17 September
    • 20 September to 6 October – Non sitting days
    • 7 October – Labour Day (Public Holiday)
    • 8 to 13 October – Non sitting days
    • 14 to 17 October – Both Chambers sit, Senate 2/3 Cut Off Wednesday, 16 October
    • 18 to 20 October – Non sitting days
    • 21 to 24 October – House of Representatives sits, Senate Supplementary Budget Estimates
    • 25 October – Senate Supplementary Budget Estimates
    • 26 October to 10 November – Non sitting days
    • 11 to 14 November – Senate sits
    • 15 to 24 November – Non sitting days
    • 25 November to 5 December – Both Chambers sit, Senate 2/3 Cut Off Thursday, 28 November
    • 6 to 24 December – Non sitting days
    • 25 December – Christmas Day
    • 26 December – Boxing Day holiday
    • 27 to 31 December – Non sitting days

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