Petition the Parliament

A petition is a direct request to the Parliament that it take some particular course of action. For example, a petition might request that the House change legislation relating to a particular health issue, or support changes to a system of roads. The subject of a petition must be a matter on which the House has the power to act – that is, it must be a State matter, and one involving legislation or government administration.

Signing a petition is an important way for citizens and groups to make their concerns known to Parliament, become involved in the legislative process and inform decisions. A petition from an individual may address a personal grievance such as the correction of an administrative error. Petitions are presented by members to the Parliament on most sitting days.

Petitions can be presented to either the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council. For details on preparing a petition, view the guidelines to presenting petitions to the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council.