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How to watch Parliament

Watch and listen

This Watch Parliament page under Parliamentary Proceedings provides three broadcast options—the Legislative Council, the Legislative Assembly and Committees. When these are broadcasting, the 'live' button in the right-hand corner of the broadcast option will appear, together with a picture of the relevant proceedings. Below each option for the chambers is information about the date and time of the next broadcast(s) as well as relevant documents. You may choose to either watch the broadcast or listen to the audio only. Below the Committees option is the date and time of the next broadcast and a list of available broadcasts. Click on the relevant broadcast link to watch a committee hearing. Committees provide a watch-only option.

If you choose to watch the broadcast, you can view it in the default view (smaller view) or in full screen by clicking on the 'view full screen' tab underneath the default view. A pause screen button is available on the left. However, be aware that with a live broadcast, you will miss part of the proceedings when pausing. A volume slider is available on the right-hand side.

If you have any difficulties viewing the broadcast, please call Reception Services on (08) 9222 7222.

Alternatively, the scrolling Watch Live box to the right of the header of each page will advise when the chamber and committee broadcasts are live. Use the left and right arrows to scroll through manually. You can then click on the relevant option—i.e. Legislative Council—and you will be directed to the Watch Parliament page.

Interactive business program

The live broadcast of the proceedings of the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly are accompanied by an interactive Business Program (daily agenda). This advises where proceedings are up to at a given point in time. The interactive program also contains links to bills when under discussion.

Sitting Schedule and Order of Business

The houses sit according to a sitting schedule that is available from the Sitting Calendar link on the Watch and Listen page or the Sitting Calendar menu item under Parliamentary Business. Generally, the chambers sit on the same weeks but not always.

The 'Order of Business' for the houses details the general sitting pattern and order of business on a sitting day. The 'Order of Business' is also available under Parliamentary Business. The houses can elect to change the order of sitting at short notice.

Missed a broadcast?

You can catch up on proceedings by visiting the Broadcast Archive on the Watch and Listen page. Video broadcasts are available from the most recent sitting day back to the commencement of the current Parliament.

The broadcast archive provides the option of clicking on the year and month for the required broadcasts, which are segmented into time periods. Although the videos are not searchable, the accompanying Hansard (PDF) contain speech commencement times and a reference point for identifying the required footage.

The broadcast is also accessible through the Hansard page under Parliamentary Business. Search by clicking on the required date on the Daily Hansard Calendar on the right-hand side of the page. The video broadcast accompanies the daily Hansard.

To activate the broadcast, simply double-click the broadcast link, and once opened, fast forward using the playback slider.

To download a video from the archive, right-click the link and select 'Save target as' in Internet Explorer or 'Save link as' in Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

Watch Committees

While committee hearings are generally open to the public, hearings are not always broadcast. You may attend any public hearing of a committee. To find out more about scheduled hearings, visit Upcoming Hearings on the Committees page.