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.

All petitions (including electronic) 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  Governance Rules.

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.

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.

Help with your petition

Please contact the Governance Unit if you require further assistance with your petition.

Next steps in the petition process

If the petition relates to an operational matter, this will be referred to the Chief Executive Officer for action and response.

Council may resolve that a written report be prepared for presentation at a future Council meeting or that the petition be considered in conjunction with an item on the agenda.

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.


The personal information requested is being collected by City of Greater Geelong for the purpose of submitting a petition or any other directly related purpose.

If the personal information is not collected, your petition may not be considered by Council.

We will not disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required or authorised to do so by law.

Our privacy policy is available on our website and at our Customer Service Centres.

If you wish to alter any of the personal information you have supplied to City of Greater Geelong, please contact us by sending an email to [email protected] or by contacting us on 03 5272 5272.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 6 March 2024