Legislative Assembly E-Petitions
All e-petitions presented to the Legislative Assembly must be hosted on the Parliament of Victoria website, and are subject to the terms and conditions of use. Online petitions hosted on sites such as Change.org cannot be accepted.
In addition to the rules and procedures that apply to all petitions for the Legislative Assembly (set out on the main petition webpage) the following rules also apply specifically to e-petitions (described in Sessional Order 17):
A person (the sponsoring petitioner) may lodge a request to start an e-petition with the Clerk.
The sponsoring petitioner must provide the following information to the Clerk:
- the issue (maximum 200 words) and action requested (maximum 120 words);
- their full name and address; and
- the name of the member sponsoring the e‑petition
Before the e-petition is published, the Clerk will ensure that the wording complies with the sessional orders, and confirm that the sponsoring member has agreed to sponsor the e-petition.
The sponsoring member (rather than the petitioner) nominates the period that the petition will be available for people to sign on the Parliament’s website.
Once published an e-petition cannot be altered, but the sponsoring member may request that the Clerk withdraw it.
Residents of Victoria are able to become signatories to the e-petition by providing their name and address, and signifying their intention to join the e-petition.
The Clerk will table the e-petition the next sitting day after the posted period ends.
Only one e-petition about the same issue and requesting the same action can be active at a time. However, once an e-petition has been tabled a new one can be started.
The names and addresses of petitioners are available for members of the public to view after an e-petition is tabled. Email addresses are not made public.
Any personal information provided for the creation of or to join an e-petition will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided.
In the Legislative Assembly, e-petitions were introduced in 2021 following changes to the sessional orders. The Standing Orders Committee recommended the adoption of an e-petitions system in a report tabled in June 2021, available here.
- Created: Friday, 23 July 2021 15:58
- Last Updated: Monday, 02 August 2021 15:30