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From 9 -11 May 2023, the Queensland Legislative Assembly will meet in Cairns for the sixth regional sitting of the Queensland Parliament.

A Regional Sitting is a celebration of Queensland’s social and political history and our living democratic process. Once each term, visitors have the opportunity to visit Regional Parliament and experience democracy in action!

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Where to find us

  • Cairns Convention Centre, Sheridan St & Wharf St, Cairns City, QLD
  • Monday 8 May - Friday 12 May 2023

What’s on

From Monday 8 May to Friday 12 May, there’ll be plenty of events, including:

  • a parliamentary sitting week
  • Youth Parliaments
  • school excursions
  • cultural and community events.

Groups of all ages can learn about our democratic process, interact with their local members and more.

As we get closer to the event, we’ll be sharing more about what’s on and how you can get involved. Follow Queensland Parliament on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date. 

Parliamentary sitting week

From 9 -11 May 2023, the House will assemble each day in the Cairns Convention Centre for a full parliamentary sitting week. 

You can read about a day in the life of Queensland Parliament to see what’s involved in a typical sitting day. 

A day in the life of the Queensland Parliament

Youth Parliaments

The Youth Parliament program will include a Youth Parliament and a dedicated Junior Indigenous Youth Parliament in the week of our Regional Sitting. 

Youth Parliaments are an exciting opportunity for years 5 and 6 students to gain hands-on understanding of Queensland’s parliamentary processes by participating in a mock parliamentary sitting in the same chamber as the real Parliament.

The Hon Curtis Pitt MP, Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, will preside over both events and will be joined by other Members of Parliament who will act as temporary chairs. Participation in each program is free, but spaces are limited and registrations are essential.

Cairns Regional Youth Parliament - 8 May 2023

The Cairns Regional Youth Parliament is open to registrations from years 5 and 6 students. 

Participating Youth MPs will introduce and then debate a mock Bill or motion on a youth issue, followed by an Adjournment Debate which allows students the opportunity to discuss issues of interest to them falling within the jurisdiction of the Queensland Parliament. 

Register your interest now

Junior Indigenous Youth Parliament - 12 May 2023

The Junior Indigenous Youth Parliament is open to registrations from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 5 and 6. 

Participating Youth MPs will introduce and then debate a mock Bill or motion on a youth issue, speak about an inspirational Indigenous person and speak in an Adjournment Debate which allows students the opportunity to discuss issues of interest to them falling within the jurisdiction of the Queensland Parliament. 

Register your interest now

School excursions

Teachers are invited to book an excursion for their primary and secondary class groups.

Excursions will be provided by the Parliamentary Education Team on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The excursion program will include viewing Parliament from the gallery, a teacher directed tour of educational displays and a ‘classroom’ session. 

Details on how to book a school excursion will be communicated directly to schools.  

(Please note that the Legislative Assembly has not yet approved the final program for the sitting week.)

Subsidies for travel

A subsidy scheme has been established to enable students to visit and experience the Regional Sitting. Subsidies will be open to state schools and non-state schools in Far North Queensland and will be subject to their distance from the event. 

For eligibility and more information, visit the Queensland Government website

Classroom visits 17-21 April

For secondary schools attending the regional sitting, we’re offering a limited program of school visits. The sessions will provide students with prior understanding about our representative democracy before their excursion. 

The Speaker of the Parliament and local Members of Parliament may also attend the visits.  

We’ll bring all the necessary materials to run classroom sessions, which may include role plays of the legislative process. 
Sessions are free and run for 60 minutes. 

Register your interest in a classroom visit when booking your excursion  

Visiting the Regional Sitting of Parliament

From 9 -11 May 2023, you can view your parliament at work from the Legislative Assembly Chamber public gallery. 

Check back soon for sitting times to help you plan your day.

On entry to the Regional Siting of Parliament, visitors will need to show Photo identification (such as a Driver Licence) and pass through a brief security screening, similar to an airport.