A petition is a written request to Council to do something or to refrain from doing something.

Guidelines for organising a petition to Council

A petition will be considered by Council when it has been signed by 5 or more people.

If a document has been signed by less than 5 people it will be forwarded directly to the appropriate Council Officer for action.

A petition:

  • will not be in pencil
  • will be in any legible and permanent written form
  • will clearly indicate the request
  • will not be defamatory, indecent or abusive, and
  • will not relate to a matter outside Council’s powers and functions.


  • Each page of the petition will include the petition request and be signed by at least one person.
  • Each person who signs the petition must include their name and address.
  • A person may not sign on behalf of anyone else, except in cases of incapacity or sickness.

You can use Council's petition template (DOC 56Kb) to prepare a petition.

Who to address a petition to

Once the petition is complete, it can be posted to Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland 3058 or delivered in person to a Council Customer Service Centre.

The petition should be addressed to either the relevant Ward Councillor or Director.

How Council actions petitions

Once received, the petition is registered by Council and the original petition is forwarded to the responsible Director. The responsible Council officer then prepares a petition report for inclusion in the next available Council meeting agenda.

The relevant Council Officer also sends a letter to the principal petitioner, be that the organiser of the petition or, where this information is not available, to the first named signatory, acknowledging receipt and providing further contact details.

It is the responsibility of the principal petitioner, and not Council, to contact all other signatories on the petition.

The Council Officer liaises with the principal petitioner, as appropriate, to address the issue(s) raised in the petition.

The principal petitioner will be advised in writing of Council’s decision.

Privacy and petitions

There will be no personal information such as petition signatures, names and addresses provided in the report to the Council meeting. The report to Council will only provide a summary of the petition, for example, the number and type of objections or the number of signatures provided in the petition.

Petition objecting to a planning application

The principle petitioner will be registered as an objector or supporter to the specific planning application. The petition will be considered as part of the planning process.

How to petition other levels of government

The following sites provide information about petitioning Victorian or Australian government: