What is a petition?
A petition is a formal request used to lobby a law-making body such as local government. It may request an amendment to general law or the review of an administrative decision. The petition is placed before the law-making body with the object of implementing the particular action or amendment. Petitioning is one of the traditional forms by which people can make requests direct to Council.
What are the rules for petitions?
Petitions should adhere to certain standards that ensure the message is conveyed in a clear and succinct manner, including:
- It is an original document prepared in the preferred template [PDF 40KB]
- The petition must contain a cover page detailing the request,
suggestion or grievance and the name of the principal
- Each subsequent page must also
contain the request, suggestion or grievance and signatures of
- Each page must be numbered (e.g.
1 of 5, 2 of 5…)
- The petition is clearly written
or printed and be free from erasures or alterations
- The document does not contain
offensive, defamatory, indecent, or abusive language or
What are the procedures for signing the petition?
The petition must be signed by at least 10 persons (clearly stating the name and address of each person signing it), each only signing once directly onto the petition form and not pasted or otherwise affixed or transferred to the petition.
Who do I address the petition to?
The petition should be addressed to either the relevant Divisional Councillor or the Chief Executive Officer and be either:
- sent to Moreton Bay Regional Council, PO Box 159 Caboolture, Qld 4510
- emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- physically handed in at a Customer Service Centre.
How is the petition actioned?
Once received, the relevant Divisional Councillor will present the petition to a Council General Meeting. In accordance with the Council’s meeting procedure, the relevant Councillor may move that the petition be received and referred to the relevant area of Council for investigation and report back to Council, if required.
How do I know a decision has been made?
The principal petitioner will be advised in writing of Council’s decision, following the relevant General Meeting.
How do I petition other levels of government?
Find out more about petitioning other levels of Australian government: