What is a petition?

A petition is a formal written request to Yarra City Council which has been signed by multiple people (who each provide their name and street address). Petitions express concern about an issue and request us to take action.

Any person may organise a petition and request that it be ‘tabled’ (formally received) at a meeting of council.

What does a petition look like?

A petition has 3 main components:

  • a brief statement telling us about the issue of concern
  • a brief statement telling us what action you would like us to take
  • a list of peoples’ names, street addresses and signatures. Every person signing the petition includes their physical street address (not a post office box).

Here is a sample of a petition.

If you are the organiser of the petition you need to attach a separate letter containing your contact details, so we can reply to you after the petition has been ‘tabled’.

How do I lodge a petition?

You can lodge your petition by sending it to:

Yarra City Council
Attn: Governance
PO Box 168

You can also deliver your petition to the Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond.

How is a petition formally received?

Once we receive your petition, we will arrange for it to be tabled at a council meeting by a ward Councillor.

It will then be formally received by us and referred to an officer for action and/or report to a subsequent council meeting.

What are joint letters?

A joint letter is a letter signed by more than one person. A joint letter can be in any format and may be submitted to us in the same way as a petition.

How do I lodge a petition to the Victorian or Federal Parliament?

If your want to lodge a petition to Victorian Parliament or Federal Parliament please contact them directly.

For further information contact Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email