The National Capital has many public places where people can exercise their right to communicate their opinions and ideas through peaceful protests and demonstrations.

Our democracy recognises this right which is subject to the general law and must be balanced against the rights and interests of others and of the community as a whole. Of paramount importance are the protection of public safety, the maintenance of peace and the facilitation of fair and equal access to public areas.

An information booklet has been prepared by the Federal Government to assist organisers to carry out their protests safely, peacefully and without unduly impacting on other legitimate interests and can be found here.

If you are planning a protest or are uncertain about your rights or obligations when using public land in the National Capital, please contact:

  • National Capital Authority (02) 6272 2888 or e-mail NCA.Events@nca.gov.au
  • ACT Policing Operations: 131 444
  • Security Investigations Diplomatic Liaison (02) 5126 9066
  • Parliament House Security Controller (02) 6277 5855 or after hours (02) 6277 5999
  • Canberra Urban Parks and Places (02) 6207 0494 or 13 2281
  • Roads ACT (02) 6207 6601
  • Translating and Interpreter Service 13 1450

Map 1 - National Land

The Central National Area map include the Parliamentary Zone, Lake Burley Griffin, areas around Yarralumla (Diplomatic Estate).