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 6pm on the last Tuesday of the month, the December Council meeting is held on the third Tuesday of the month. The meetings are held in the Council Chamber, Level 9, Council House, 27 St Georges Terrace, Perth on the dates listed in the meeting calendar.

About Council Meetings

  • About Agenda Briefing Sessions

    All Agenda Briefing Sessions are held the week before an Ordinary Meeting of Council at 4pm in the Council Chamber, Level 9, Council House, 27 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

    1. Agenda Briefing Sessions will be open to the public, except for confidential matters in accordance with section 5.23 of the Local Government Act 1995.
    2. Dates and times for Agenda Briefing Sessions will be set well in advance, where practicable.
    3. The Chief Executive Officer will ensure timely written notice and an agenda for each Agenda Briefing Session will be provided to all Commissioners, and made available to members of the public.
    4. Agendas for the Agenda Briefing Sessions will be distributed to Commissioners and made available to the public at least three days prior to the Agenda Briefing Session.
    5. The Chair of Commissioners is to be the Presiding Member at all Agenda Briefing Sessions. If the Chair of Commissioners is unable to assume the role of Presiding Member, the Commissioners present may select amongst themselves who will preside at the Agenda Briefing Session.
    6. Commissioners, employees and consultants shall disclose their interests in matters listed in the Agenda Briefing Sessions in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1995, the Local Government (Rules of Conduct) Regulations 2007, the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 and the City’s Code of Conduct.
    7. Persons who disclose a financial interest will not participate in that part of the Agenda Briefing Session and shall leave the meeting room.
    8. There is to be no debate among Commissioners on any matter raised during the Agenda Briefing Session.
    9. A record will be kept of all forums. As no decisions are made at an Agenda Briefing Session, the record will be a general record of the items covered but shall record any disclosure of interests as declared.
  • Agendas and minutes

    Agendas for Council Meetings are available for review from 1pm the Friday preceding the meeting in PDF format. Click on the relevant meeting date in the meeting calendar to access.

    You can also inspect a copy of the Council Agenda at the City Library 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 to download from the meeting calendar no later than ten days after the meeting is held. Please click on the relevant meeting date to access.

  • Conditions of entry for attendance at Council Chambers and Committee Room Public Galleries
    • Members of the public are only permitted in the public gallery area and are not to enter any other area without the express permission of the Presiding Member or Chief Executive Officer.
    • All persons without City of Perth identification are to sign the attendance register.
    • The following items are prohibited in the gallery:
      • Food and drink
      • Cameras
      • Banners and posters
      • Electronic audio/visual recording devices (unless authorised).
    • All persons entering the Public Gallery must adhere to the following:
      • No eating
      • No audio/visual recording
      • No photos
      • No banners
    • No expression of dissent or approval, and conversation that would interrupt the meeting proceedings should take place.
    • Any person/s in the public gallery must leave the meeting when requested by the Presiding Member.
  • How to ask a question at Council and Committee Meetings

    The Local Government Act 1995 provides for a formal question time during every ordinary meeting of Council. Members of the public can use this opportunity to ask a question about any issue relating to the business of the City.

    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.

    • Questions must relate to the business of the Council or the Committee.
    • Questions must not take the form of a statement or a personal opinion.
    • A questioner must provide their name and address.

    It is preferred that questions be submitted in writing prior to the meeting (using the Public Question Time Form), 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.

    Complex questions requiring research should be submitted as early as possible to allow the City sufficient time to prepare a response.

    Questions may also be asked at Committee meetings where the same rules are applied.

    Please forward your Public Question Time Request Form prior to 3pm on the day of the meeting by:

  • How to make a deputation at Council or Committee Meetings
    1. Applications for deputations wishing to be received by Council must complete a Deputation Application Form and send it to Governance@cityofperth.wa.gov.au by 12 noon on the day of the meeting.
    2. The Presiding Member has the right to decline the request.
    3. Deputations must be in relation to an item on the Council or Committee Meeting Agenda.
    4. Applicants invited to present a deputation to a meeting:
      1. Must not exceed five persons, only two of whom may address the meeting, although others may respond to specific questions from the members.
      2. Must not address the meeting for a period exceeding 10 minutes without the agreement of the meeting.
    5. 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.
    6. Council members will be granted the opportunity to ask the applicant(s) questions at the conclusion of the deputation.
    7. 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.
    8. 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 make a presentation at a Agenda Briefing Session
    1. Applications for presentations wished to be received by Council, must complete a Presentation to Agenda Briefing Session Form and be sent to info@cityofperth.wa.gov.au by 12pm on the day of the meeting.
    2. The Presiding Member has the right to decline the request.
    3. Presentations must be in relation to an item on the Agenda Briefing Session Agenda.
    4. Applicants invited to present:
      1. Must not exceed five persons, only two of whom may address the meeting, although others may respond to specific questions from the members.
      2. Must not address the meeting for a period exceeding 10 minutes without the agreement of the meeting.
    5. For the purpose of determining who may present on an issue, all those people either in favour of or opposed to an item are deemed to comprise a single presentation.
    6. Commissioners will be granted the opportunity to ask the applicant questions at the conclusion of the presentation.
    7. Once the presentation has concluded, the presenters 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 ratable 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.
    • Be addressed to the Council and forwarded to a member or CEO.
    • 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.
    • Set out the name and address of the petition initiator.

    Presenting the petition

    A petition received by the CEO or member 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.

    Petition format

    The City has prepared the following petition form for use by petition initiators:

    Schedule to the Standing Orders Local Law.

    If you have any questions or queries regarding petitions please email info@cityofperth.wa.gov.au