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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Risk Assessment for groups of students

For your peace of mind

General environment

We’re located on King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Canberra, in the Parliamentary precinct and are open daily from 10.00am to 5.00 pm except on 25 December. It’s free to get in except for some special exhibitions.

Our award-winning building has an underground carpark, which is free on weekends and public holidays.

We have exhibition spaces for the Collection and temporary exhibitions; public areas, including a café, shop; function rooms; a theatrette; and an education studio. These spaces are shared by the public, education groups and corporate clients.

Please note that there’s no shelter at our bus drop-off point. However, our forecourt – just outside our main entrance – is undercover.

Services offered

We have a wide range of educational programs designed for all levels of formal education from pre-school to tertiary. Drawing on the richness of the Collection, our programs often tie in with the national curriculum and emphasise visual art, history, English, civics and citizenship, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism.

And good news, there’s no need to pack your pencils, we provide all drawing materials for use in our programs.

Access

All the exhibition spaces, cafe and shop are on ground level. We have wheelchairs, walkers and strollers available. There’s also a hearing loop in the Liangis Theatre and Terrace Rooms. And your assistance animal? They’re more than welcome.

Special clothing or equipment

No special clothing or equipment is required; and we have stools available for secondary students.

Security

Our Access & Learning educators undergo a police check and have Working with Vulnerable People registration.

Our Access & Learning educators, Information desk staff and Security Officers are trained in first aid and other public safety requirements; and are readily available in the public spaces.

We have public liability insurance through the Australian Government’s insurer, Comcover.

Risk assessment

While our building and its surrounds are generally safe, the table below outlines some of the potential hazards and the likelihood of the hazard occurring.

We manage the hazards and request that groups observe the acceptable level of teacher/minder/carer: student ratio (1:15) to ensure adequate supervision and safety for all visitors, staff and works of art.

Risk rating table

Current as of January 2021

Risk Description Likelihood
1 Fold up stools and other furniture/equipment might cause injury to student/s due to misuse or abuse Moderate
2 Student/s might fall/slip/trip on wet floors Rare
3 Student/s might climb and fall off the landscaping barriers/walls resulting in injury Rare
4 Student/s might get separated/lost from main tour group Rare
5 Student/s might fall off studio balcony if furniture is left close to barrier/hand rail Rare
6 Studio equipment and material used might pose risks to the health and safety of touring students Rare
7 Transmission of COVID-19 to/from school groups. Refer to the COVID19 safe plan for school visits Moderate

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The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance
The National Portrait Gallery building front entrance

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King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

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