Parliament House of New South Wales

The story of representation, renovation and rum

Learn about the history of this iconic heritage building from its early beginnings as Australians’ first Hospital to the modern work place of today. This short video looks at the challenges that were faced to redevelop Parliament House over the years to accommodate the demands for today’s working Parliament.

How Parliament works

Parliament House of New South Wales is one of the state’s most important historic buildings. It represents both heritage and cultural significance as it continues to serve as the home of NSW state’s legislature.

The Parliament of New South Wales is the law-making body for the State of New South Wales, directly elected by the people to make state laws, control state finances, and discuss matters of importance to the people of New South Wales. It consists of two democratically elected Houses the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.

Parliamentary elections determine the State Government which is formed by the party with majority support in the Lower House.

The State Premier and Ministers (the Cabinet) develop policy and carry out the laws through government departments.

To learn how our modern Parliament works, please visit the Parliament of NSW website