Petitions

Victorians can use petitions to raise issues and request action from Parliament.

Use the information on this page if you want to create a petition for presentation to the Legislative Assembly.

If you want to present a petition in the Legislative Council visit the Council’s petition page.

Format

Your petition can be a paper petition or an e-petition.

The information on this page applies to paper and e-petitions.

Visit the e-petition page to create an e-petition.

Use the template on the paper petitions page to help you create a paper petition.

Wording

Address your petition to the Legislative Assembly.

Include:

  • what the issue is
  • the action you want.


The issue must be one which the Assembly has authority to deal with. These include state issues in areas such as roads, public transport, police and gaming. Commonwealth issues such as taxation, defence, foreign trading, marriage, immigration and industrial relations are not allowed.

The wording must be respectful and not offensive.

Write your petition in English, or attach a certified translation if it is in another language.

Signatures

Every petition must be signed by at least one person.

Each person must include their name, signature and address.

Only people who live in Victorian can sign the petition.

No-one can sign on behalf of another person (except a petitioner who is incapable of signing may get someone to sign on their behalf).

Sponsoring member

Petitions can only be presented by a member of the Assembly.

For e-petitions, you must get the member’s agreement to sponsor the petition before you start collecting signatures.

For paper petitions you can ask a member to present your petition after you have collected the signatures. Arrange to give your paper petition to this member. Do not send your petition directly to Parliament House.

The sponsoring member does not need to be your local member. Find a list of members on the members search page.

The sponsoring member must not sign the petition.

What happens after a petition is presented

After your petition is presented (tabled) in the Assembly:

  • A summary of the petition and the number of signatures is published in the Votes and Proceedings.
  • The wording of your petition and the number of signatures is published in Hansard.
  • The petition (the paper copy or a print out of the e-petition) can be read by anyone upon request at the Procedure Office at Parliament House.
  • The Clerk sends the relevant minister a copy of the first page of the petition for their information.

Find out more

Fact Sheet G1: Petitions

Standing Orders — Chapter 7 (general rules for petitions)

Sessional Order 17 (rules specific to e-petitions)