The Parliament Building

Parliament House is one of Melbourne's best known landmarks. Construction begun in1856 but the building is still incomplete.

Learn about the construction of the building and take a virtual tour. Alternatively visit Parliament House and see the beauty, history and halls of power for yourself.

Parliament House in the 21st Century

Major works are being undertaken to restore and renew Parliament House. We are protecting our heritage and providing a contemporary workplace in the 21st Century.

New build

A temporary office annex built in the Parliament House gardens in the 1970s is being replaced with a contemporary and permanent building that meets the requirements of a modern workplace. This new building will provide offices for parliamentarians. When completed, heritage areas inside Parliament House will be restored and there will be more space available for community programs and information services about parliament.

Track the progress of this project with stills from our two webcams (updated every minute during the day). Click on image to enlarge/reduce.



Stone restoration project

Over the past decade one of Victoria’s most significant heritage restoration projects has been under way at Parliament House and continues today. Restoration of the stonework is being undertaken in stages. 

Watch our video featuring one of the stonemasons working on this project.


Heritage works

To protect our precious heritage, regular maintenance works are undertaken throughout Parliament House. 

One recent project involved replacement of winches and cables that hold the Legislative Assembly chandeliers in place. Watch our time lapse video of this work.

To find out more about the restoration work at Parliament House, see our feature story ‘Majestic Makeover’.


Meeting modern standards

A number of the works at Parliament House are helping to ensure that our building, which dates from the 19th Century, meets contemporary standards on issues such as disability access and occupational health and safety. Department of Parliamentary Services Secretary, Peter Lochert explains in the video clip below.