Petitions allow members of the public to directly place their issues before the Parliament. A petition helps raise awareness of an issue in the community and lets Members of Parliament know what action the community wants the Parliament to take, but it doesn't compel the Parliament to take action.
Standing orders 119 - 125 contain the rules for petitions, summarised below. Petitions that do not conform with the rules are 'out of order' and will not be accepted. Contact the Legislative Assembly Table Office on 9230 3505 before you begin a petition, to make sure it is in order.
Petitions can only be presented by Members of the Legislative Assembly. Petitioners should contact their local Member to request presentation of their petition. Members' contact details are available on our website in the Members' section.
A petition must:
A petition must not:
A petition must be lodged with the Clerk (in the Legislative Assembly Table Office) by the Member presenting it by 12 noon on the day it is to be reported in the House. Petitions lodged after 12 noon will be reported on the following sitting day. What will happen next?
Click here for a sample petition form
For further information about petitions see: