A petition is a written request to Council signed by multiple people expressing concern about an issue and requesting Council to take action.

Any person can present a petition and request that it be formally received at a meeting of council.

Petition format

If you are organising the petition you will need to provide contact details so we can reply to you.

Petitions must relate to a Council power or function.

A petition must have a:

  • title
  • brief statement telling us about the issue of concern
  • brief statement telling us what action you would like to be taken
  • list of every person signing the petition including, their name, street address and signature

More information about petitions can be found in our Meeting Procedures Local Law.

A petition that does not follow the above steps may not be accepted by Council.

To help start your petition, you can download this template, which sets out the information a petition must contain and its format.

Lodging a petition

To make sure your petition is included in the agenda for the next ordinary meeting of Council, please submit all original petition pages or joint letter documents at least seven days prior to the meeting.

You can:

  • hand deliver it to one of your local ward councillors
  • hand deliver it to our City Hall office at 30 Gheringhap Street in Geelong between 8:30am and 5:00pm from Monday to Friday
  • post it to:

    City of Greater Geelong
    PO Box 104
    Geelong VIC 3220

Formally received petitions

Once you submit your petition, it will go to the next meeting of Council where it is formally received and acknowledged.

The purpose of the petition will be recorded in the minutes of that meeting.

Next steps in the petition process

The petition may, if relevant, be considered in conjunction with an item on the agenda of that meeting.

Otherwise, an officer may write a report in response to your petition that will go to a future ordinary meeting of council for a decision, or the request may be referred to our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for action and response.

Meeting attendance

You do not need to attend the meeting for your question to be addressed but you are very welcome to attend if you wish.


We are committed to protecting all personal and sensitive information consistent with the principles set out in the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014.

The personal information in a petition or joint letter will be used solely by Council for the primary purpose of petitioning Council or directly related purposes as permitted by law.

The personal information provided is for presentation to Council and people signing the petition may apply to Council for access to, and amendment, of the information.

Any personal information contained in a petition will not be published in a Council meeting agenda or minutes.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 3 December 2019