House of Representatives Petitions

Petitioning the House of Representatives

A petition is basically a request for action. The right to petition Federal Parliament has been one of the rights of citizens since Federation, and it is the only way an individual can directly place their grievances before Parliament. Petitions may be received by the House on individual or public grievances provided they relate to matters on which the House has the power to act. Hundreds of petitions are received by the House every year on a variety of matters.

The House of Representatives has a Standing Committee on Petitions which receives and processes petitions on behalf of the House. The Committee is able to inquire into and report on matters relating to the petitioning process. All petitions presented in the House are published on the Committee's website.

Preparing a Petition

Care must be taken to prepare petitions, as the House has rules about their form and content. Before preparing a petition, we encourage you to read the relevant Infosheet, use the sample petition and sample Word® template provided and consult the checklist below to assist you in drafting your petition.

The Petitions Committee also encourages petitioners to submit their draft petition to the Petitions Committee Secretariat to check that the petition conforms with Standing Orders before signatures are collected.

Please note that an electronic petitioning system is not yet available.

Petitions checklist

Please be aware that a petition must:

Petitioners are encouraged to:

The Secretariat can be contacted at:

Standing Committee on Petitions
PO Box 6021
House of Representatives
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA 

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

Email: petitions.committee.reps@aph.gov.au

Action on petitions

After the Petitions Committee recieves a petition, it will assess whether it complies with Standing Orders. Petitions found to be in order will then be presented to the House of Representatives and included on the Committee’s website. The Committee may also refer presented petitions to the relevant Minister for a response. When the Minister has responded, the Committee will consider the response, the response will be presented and recorded in Hansard and then the response will be sent to the principal petitioner.

If the Committee finds a petition does not comply with the Standing Orders, it will be returned to the principal petitioner.

Submitting a petition

Petitions should be submitted by post. The Committee’s address is:

Standing Committee on Petitions
PO Box 6021
House of Representatives
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA 

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