About Council Meetings
In accordance with the Local Government Act 1995, City of Perth Elected Members meet regularly to make decisions on governing the local government. Council meetings are attended by the Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillors of the City of Perth, the Chief Executive Officer, Directors, administration staff, members of the media, interested ratepayers/electors and community members.
City of Perth Council meetings are held at 6.00pm on the last Tuesday of the month. These meetings are held in the Council Chamber, Level 9, Council House, 27 St Georges Terrace, Perth on the dates listed in the Meetings Calendar.
How to ask a Question at Council Meetings
The Local Government Act 1995 provides for a formal question time during every ordinary meeting of the Council. Members of the public can use this opportunity to ask a question about any issue relating to the business of the City. Complex questions requiring research should be submitted as early as possible in order to allow the City sufficient time to prepare a response. Questions are not to be in the form of a statement or preamble. The Presiding Person may nominate a Member or Officer to answer the question or determine that any complex question requiring research be answered in writing. No debate or discussion is allowed to take place on any question or answer.
Please forward your Public Question Time Request Form prior to 3.00pm on the day of the meeting by:
- letter addressed to GPO Box C120, Perth, 6839
- or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is preferred that questions be submitted in writing prior to the meeting, however, you can submit your Public Question Time Request to a staff member at the meeting and ask your question orally at the meeting. Question Sheets are provided at the entrance to the Council Chamber.
How to make a deputation at Council Meetings
- Applications for deputations wishing to be received by Council must complete that Deputation Application Form and send it to email@example.com by 12 noon on the day of the meeting.
- The Presiding Member has the right to decline the request.
- Deputations must be in relation to an item on the Ordinary Council Meeting Agenda.
- Applicants invited to present a deputation to a meeting:
(a) must not exceed 5 persons, only 2 of whom may address the meeting, although others may respond to specific questions from the members; and
(b) must not address the meeting for a period exceeding 10 minutes without the agreement of the meeting.
- For the purpose of determining who may address Council on an issue, all those people either in favour of or opposed to an item are deemed to comprise a single deputation.
- Councill members will be granted the opportunity to ask the applicant(s) questions at the conclusion of the deputation.
- A matter which is the subject of a deputation to Council or Committee is not to be decided until the applicant has completed the deputation.
- Once the deputation has concluded, the applicant will be requested to sit in the gallery and will not be permitted to speak again.
How to submit a Petition
What is a Petition?
A petition is a request for action. Any elector or group of electors may petition the Council to take action. However, the subject of a petition must be a matter on which the Council has the power to act. An elector is a person who owns or occupies rateable property within the City of Perth and is eligible to vote in local and state elections.
Drafting a Petition
The City of Perth Council imposes requirements on the petition form and content, which are outlined in the City of Perth Standing Orders Local Law 2009.
The petition must:
- As far as practicable be prepared in the form prescribed by the City below;
- Be addressed to the Council;
- Be respectful and temperate in its language;
- Set out a concise statement of facts and the action sought;
- State the name, address and signature of all electors making the request, including date of signature; and
- Set out the name and address of the petition initiator.
Presenting the Petition
A petition received by the CEO or Commissioner is to be presented to the next Ordinary Council Meeting. The presentation of a petition is confined to the reading of the petition.
The petition initiator will be advised of the progress of the petition through the decision making process.
The City has prepared the following petition form for use by petition initiators.
If you have any questions or queries regarding petitions please email Governance@cityofperth.wa.gov.au
Council Agendas and Minutes
Agendas for Council Meetings are available for review from 1.00pm the Friday preceding the meeting in PDF format online at the City’s website through the Meetings Calendar. You can also inspect a copy of the Council Agenda at the City Library (140 William Street) or the Customer Service Centre (Ground Floor, Council House). For those attending a meeting, agendas are available at the entrance to the Council Chamber.
The minutes of the most recent Council meeting are available online to download through the Meetings Calendar no later than ten working days after the meeting is held. For Council Minutes for meetings held prior to the current year, please select the link to Council Minutes Archive.
Can’t find what you are looking for?
Please contact the City’s Governance Unit on 9461 3250.