E-Petitions Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to initiate or sign an e-petition?

Any resident of Victoria is eligible to sign a petition or e-petition.


My address is not accepted, what can I do?

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What is an e-petition?

An e-petition is a variation on the traditional paper petition system which allows people to create and sign a petition through the Legislative Assemblly e-petition website.

How do I create an e-petition?

  1. Lodge an e-petition request form through the Legislative Assembly website: Create an e-petition.
  2. The request form is reviewed by the Clerk or the Clerk’s delegate to ensure compliance with Standing Orders and Sessional Orders.
  3. The Clerk or the Clerk’s delegate confirms with the sponsoring member that they agree to sponsor the e-petition, and the period that the sponsoring member would like the e-petition to be available to sign.
  4. The e-petition is posted on the Parliament of Victoria website for the period requested by the sponsoring member and the sponsoring petitioner is notified that the e-petition is now live, along with a link to it.
  5. The e-petition will be live to accept signatures until the time nominated by the sponsoring member (up to a maximum of 6 months).

NB: If no member of the Legislative Assembly agrees to sponsor an e-petition, it cannot proceed.

I submitted an e-petition but it’s not on the website. Where is it?

E-petitions are reviewed by the Clerk or the Clerk’s delegate to ensure compliance with Standing Orders and Sessional Orders. The Clerk or the Clerk’s delegate also confirm that the nominated member of the Legislative Assembly agrees to sponsor the e-petition. When approved the e-petition will go live on the website and the sponsoring petitioner will be notified via email.

Who should I address my petition to?

Rules for the format of petitions, both paper and electronic, can be found on the main petitions page.

I’m not sure whether my e-petition meets the requirements, how can I get help?

Rules for the format of petitions, both paper and electronic, can be found on the main petitions page.

Alternately you may contact the Assistant Clerk Committees via epetitions.assembly@parliament.vic.gov.au or 03 9651 8555.

Will my personal details be published?

Your personal details will not be published online, however, all petitions – both electronic and paper – may be requested to be viewed in full, including names and addresses of signatories, after they have been tabled in the House.

Can there be more than one e-petition on the same topic?

There cannot be more than one e-petition on the same issue and requesting the same action at one time. However, once an e-petition is tabled, another one can be started that has the same issue and action.

How long are e-petitions published on the Parliament website?

E-petitions in the Legislative Assembly are listed on the Parliament website until the day they are tabled.

Can the closing date be changed?

Only the sponsoring member can request a change to how long an e-petition remains open for signatures.

Once an e-petition is tabled, can it gather more signatures and be tabled again (progressive tabling)?

No. Once an e-petition is tabled in the Legislative Assembly, it is closed. However, a new e-petition with identical terms and actions can be started after the last one is tabled.

What is Parliament’s privacy policy for e-petitions?

The Parliament’s privacy policy for e-petitions can be found here: Privacy statement.

What are the conditions of use for e-petitions?

The Parliament’s conditions of use policy for e-petitions can be found here: Terms and Conditions.

Can I still submit a paper petition to the Parliament?

Yes. Paper petitions continue to be accepted for tabling. Each House has different rules relating to paper petitions.

For more information, see the Legislative Assembly petitions or  Legislative Council paper petitions pages.

Can people under 18 years of age sign a petition?

Yes. Any resident of Victoria can sign, regardless of age.

Can a company name be used as the sponsoring petitioner?

Yes. Petitions from corporations must be made under their common seal. To start an e-petition as a corporation please contact via email or call 03 9651 8555 for assistance.

Can a paper petition and an e-petition of the same wording be active simultaneously?

Yes, however they will be treated as separate petitions.

After an e-petition closes, can a new e-petition with the same wording be started?

Yes.

Can the sponsoring petitioner's address be a PO box number?

No, you must provide a Victorian residential address.

Can a signature be removed from an e-petition?

Before a petition has closed, a signatory may request their name be removed from an e-petition. Once a petition has closed, names can no longer before removed. Please contact the Assistant Clerk Committees for more information email or phone 03 9651 8555.

What is the minimum number of signatures required for an e-petition to be tabled?

An e-petition must have at least one signature.

Can a sponsoring petitioner sign their own petition?

Yes.

Can a signatory sign an e-petition more than once?

No, signatories may only join an e-petition or paper petition once.

I have a e-petition on another website, can I upload these signatures?

The Legislative Assembly can only accept e-petitions that are entered via the e-petitions page on the Parliament of Victoria website. Petitions from other websites such as Change.org cannot be accepted for presentation.

Are e-petitions available in the Legislative Council?

Yes. For more information, see Legislative Council - E-Petitions.

What happens after an e-petition is tabled?

Once an e-petition is tabled it becomes a public document, which forms part of the original records of the Legislative Assembly and its terms are published in Hansard.

The Clerk communicates the terms of each tabled petition to the relevant Minister.

Can my e-petition be in a language other than English?

E-petitions are able to be presented in a foreign language with a certified translation.

To start an e-petition in a language other than English please contact via email or call 03 9651 8555 for assistance.