ePetitions Explained

Find out about the benefits of ePetitions, what happens when you create one, and how to sign one.

Benefits

ePetitions are more convenient and wider-reaching than paper-based petitions. They are available to a larger audience and are easy to sign.

Another benefit of ePetitions is that petitioners are able to provide links to background information to support their case.

Process

Creating an ePetition

To create an ePetition you are required to provide detailed contact information. If your ePetition is accepted, only your name, suburb, city and email address will be published online. Full contact details will be included in the version of the petition that is presented to the appropriate Council or committee meeting.

When you have completed the ePetition submission form, your petition will be verified and checked by Council staff. 

Approving ePetitions

If your petition is approved, we'll send you an email and a link to where it is online where it will be open for signatures.

Declining ePetitions

If your ePetition request is declined, we'll send you an email to let you know and the reason for its refusal will be posted online.

Promoting your ePetition

As a creator of an ePetition you will be responsible for raising awareness about it. This involves encouraging others to add their name to the ePetition. If this is not done, your ePetition may not receive any signatures. Council staff do not promote any individual petitions.

Closed ePetitions

Once a petition is closed no further signatures can be added.

The ePetition will be verified and presented to a Council committee or subcommitte meeting in the same way a traditional paper petition is presented -  either by, or on behalf of, the principal petitioner.

The status of the ePetition will be published on the website.

Signing an ePetition

To sign a current ePetition you are required to provide detailed contact information. Your name, suburb and city are the only details that will appear online. Your full details will be included in the version of the petition that is presented to the appropriate Council or committee meeting.

You will be sent an email to verify that your electronic signature is valid before it is added to the petition.