Standing Committee on Petitions

How to petition the House of Representatives

Dr Dennis Jensen, Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions in the 44th Parliament, explains the process for petitioning the House of Representatives.

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

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.

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

At the dissolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives on Monday, 9 May 2016 this committee ceased to exist. Any inquiries that were not completed have lapsed and submissions cannot be received. 

Any petitions received will not be considered by the committee until the 45th Parliament.

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