Petitions are an important way people can talk directly to government. In local government, they are the only way members of the public can get a matter listed on a Council Meeting Agenda.
There are rules about how petitions must be formatted, submitted and dealt with. The rules ensure that Councils deals with petitions consistently with how they deal with other items of business, and in a transparent manner. Council’s Governance Rules can be viewed here.
You must submit the petition at least one week prior to the Council Meeting at which it is to be considered:
A compliant petition (see criteria below) will be included in the next available Ordinary Council meeting.
For any additional advice contact Council on 1300 365 003.
We strongly encourage you to use this template(DOCX, 23KB) .
To be accepted by Council, a petition must have all of the following elements. It must:
You may attach additional information to support the petition, but it is important that (v) above is observed.
Before the Council Meeting
At the Council Meeting
Council may pass a resolution to:
The Governance Rules, and various legislation and regulations may limit the action that Council can take in response to any petition.
After the Council Meeting