Inquiry into E-Petitions

Terms of Reference

On Wednesday, 8 June 2016 the Council agreed to the following resolution:

That this House —

  1. notes that the Victorian Parliament has failed to keep up to speed with technology and electronic petitions (e-petitions), which are common throughout Australia and in everyday use in the Queensland, ACT and Federal Parliaments, and should be an accepted practice in Victoria;
  2. notes that in 2009 the Legislative Assembly Standing Orders Committee recommended that the Assembly adopt such a practice, but as yet neither House of Parliament has done so;
  3. notes that provision for e-petitions would allow more Victorians to have their say in the democratic process of the ictorian Parliament and will, therefore, improve the community’s political engagement;
  4. requires e-petitions to be permitted in the Legislative Council in addition to paper petitions;
  5. introduces the necessary Sessional Orders and/or Standing Orders to provide for e-petitions, including appropriate procedures;
  6. refers the required amendments to Standing Orders to the Procedure Committee to report to the House by 25 October 2016; and
  7. implements e-petitions in the Legislative Council no later than 31 January 2017.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2016