Standing Committee on Petitions

Community to discuss petitions

Petitioners will discuss their various petitions at a public hearing conducted by the Petitions Committee in Sydney on Wednesday, 29 April 2015.

Petition topics to be discussed include, Australian Defence Force pay, the future governance of Norfolk Island, the sale of energy drinks to children and China’s actions in the South China Sea.

The Petitions Committee’s primary role is to scrutinise the hundreds of petitions received annually, to check that they comply with the rules of the House. This includes that they state the reasons for petitioning the House, contain a request for action by the House and refer to a matter that is within the Commonwealth’s legislative or administrative responsibilities.

The Committee does not make recommendations on, or implement, any actions requested in petitions but may refer presented petitions to the relevant government Minister for a response. Petition terms and ministerial responses are available on the Committee’s website

How to petition the House of Representatives

Dr Dennis Jensen, Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions, explains the process for petitioning the House of Representatives.

Petitions – Making your views heard

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Australians have long had the right to petition Parliament directly, asking for action to be taken on an issue.

In early 2008 the House of Representatives changed standing orders (the rules of the House) relating to the way petitions are dealt with, and a Petitions Committee was established to ensure that all petitions presented to the House are considered and receive a response.

All petitions are examined by the Petitions Committee prior to presentation to ensure that they comply with the standing orders. To make sure your voice is heard, read this advice on the technical requirements of a petition.

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

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About this committee

The Standing Committee on Petitions is appointed under Standing Order 220.

The Committee receives and processes petitions, and inquires into and reports to the House on any matter relating to petitions and the petitions system. After receiving a petition, the Committee will decide if it complies with the Standing Orders.

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