Apply to speak at a meeting

** Live streaming of Council meetings **

In the spirit of open, accessible and transparent government, the Council meetings of Inner West Council will be streamed live on Council’s website. The camera will be positioned on the Administrator and will not be focused on the public. By speaking at a Council meeting, members of the public agree to being recorded and must ensure their speech to the Council is respectful and use appropriate language. A person who uses defamatory, discriminatory or offensive language may be exposed to liability for which Council takes no responsibility. Any part of the meeting that is held in closed session will not be recorded.

How do I arrange to speak at a meeting?

Persons wishing to address the meeting must provide their full name and suburb of residence before speaking, so that these details can be recorded in the minutes. You can provide these details in person at the meeting, or using the form below.

What happens after I submit the form?

After completing the online form, a notice will appear on the page confirming that it has been sent to Council. Your request will then be added to a list that is shown to the Chairperson on the night of the meeting.

Are there any rules for speaking at a Council or Committee Meeting?

The following rules apply when addressing a Council or Committee meeting:

  • keep your address to the point, the time allowed for each speaker is limited to three minutes with one extension of not more than three minutes with the approval of the Council/Committee. This time limit applies, no matter how many items are addressed by the speaker;
  • when addressing the Meeting you must speak to the Chairperson;
  • the Chairperson may curtail public participation where the information being presented is considered repetitive or irrelevant.

Where Items are deferred, Council reserves the right to defer speakers until that Item is heard on the next occasion.

Apply to speak at a meeting

Use this form to register to speak at a Council Meeting.

Your details

The meeting is conducted in accordance with Council’s Code of Meeting Practice. All participants at Council or Committee meetings including Councillors, Council staff and members of the public are expected not to make personal comments concerning Councillors, staff or other members of the public or engage in disorderly conduct at a meeting. Acts of disorder are outlined in Part 4 of the Code. Penalties for disorder may include rescinding speaking rights or expulsion from the meeting.

Privacy and Personal Information

The purpose of collection of information is for public access to Council's documents under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (the GIPA Act). This information will be placed on a relevant file and may be accessible by requests for information under the GIPA Act. The personal information requested on this form is being collected by the Council for the purposes of enabling you to speak at a Council meeting.

The personal information will be used solely by the Council for this primary purpose or directly related purposes. The applicant understands that the personal information provided is for these purposes and that they may apply to the Council for access and/or amendment of the information.

By speaking at a Council meeting, members of the public agree to being recorded and must ensure their speech to the Council is respectful and use appropriate language. A person who uses defamatory, discriminatory or offensive language may be exposed to liability for which Council takes no responsibility. Any part of the meeting that is held in closed session will not be recorded.

Note: A speaker may request, at the time of addressing Council or the Committee, that they do not wish their name to be published in the minutes. In this instance names will not be published. Any request for non publication of name made after the meeting has ended will be determined by the General Manager.

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