Standing Committee on Petitions

Role of the Committee

The Standing Committee on Petitions is established under Standing Order 220 by the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Australia.

The role of the Standing Committee on Petitions is to receive and process petitions, and to inquire into and report to the House on any matter relating to petitions and the petitions system.

The Committee does not make recommendations on, or implement, any actions requested in petitions.

If a petition is deemed to have met relevant Standing Order requirements by the Committee, it will be presented to the House and referred to the relevant Government Minister for response.

If you would like to start a petition, it is strongly recommended that you either contact the petitions enquiry line on 02 6277 2152 or send a draft of your petition via email for advice, before collecting signatures.

Public hearings

The Petitions Committee holds public hearings on a regular basis to provide an opportunity for participants to cover in more detail the issues raised in petitions. These hearings also allow the Committee to hear about people’s experience of engaging with the House of Representatives’ petitions process.

Public hearing transcripts
Melbourne, 22 September 2015
Canberra, 17 June 2015
Hornsby NSW, 29 April 2015
Brisbane, 19 November 2014
Canberra, 29 October 2014

Current Inquiries

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Standing Committee on Petitions
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2152
Fax: +61 2 6277 4627