Register to speak at a Council meeting

Public forum during COVID-19 

***Update 30 June 2021***

Under the NSW Government’s ‘Stay at home’ public health order issued on 26 June 2021, attending a Council meeting is not one of the permitted reasons for leaving home.  Councillors and staff will be attending the Ordinary Council meetings on 6 July 2021 by Zoom. Members of the public can also watch the livestream of the meeting. A link to the livestream is available on the following page

As the 6 July 2021 deals with remaining items from 29 June 2021 members of the public had the opportunity to speak, so therefore there will be no public forum.

Members of the public can also watch the livestream of the meeting. A link to the livestream is available on the following page ***

Anyone who would like to speak about an Agenda Item at a Council Meeting must register by 2pm on the day of the Council Meeting via the meeting registration form below.

Only those who register using the online registration form will be able to speak. Please fill in the register to speak form at the bottom of this page including:

  • Your name (must use the same name on Zoom)
  • Contact details including email address
  • Item on the Agenda you wish to speak to
  • Whether you are for or against the recommendation in the agenda
  • for the 29 June 2021 Council meetings, you may online speak online

Only the first 3 speakers for and 3 speakers against each item will be permitted to speak.

Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration. If the item you are registering for already has the allocated amount of speakers, you will be notified via email.


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. A bell will be rung when you have 30 seconds remaining.
  • The maximum number of public speakers on each item is 3 for and 3 against. You will be contacted by Council officers if more than 3 registrations are received.
  • 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, you may be asked to speak at the following meeting.

For further detailed information about speaking at a meeting please read the Code of meeting practice below:

Code of meeting practice (DOCX 125.4KB)
Code of meeting practice (PDF 370.2KB)

What happens after I submit the form?

After completing the online form, you will be taken to a webpage confirming that your registration has been received. If you do not receive confirmation through our website please contact Council's Acting Governance Manager on 9392 5536 to confirm your registration.


Inner West Council is committed to ensuring people with a disability have equal opportunity to take part in Council and Committee Meetings. At the Ashfield Council Chambers there is a hearing loop service available to assist anyone with a hearing impairment. If you have any other access or disability related participation needs and wish to know more, call 9392 5657 or email

Current meeting agenda items

View the current meeting agenda items here prior to completing the form.

Register to speak at a Council meeting

Use this form to register to speak at a Council Meeting.
How will you be attending the meeting?* - required
Please indicate if you are for or against the recommendation in this item* - required
Your details
Mandatory field(s) marked with *

Rate this page

  • Rate as The content was useful70.00% The content was useful votes
  • Rate as The content was not useful30.00% The content was not useful votes

Thanks for your feedback. We will use this data to improve the content of this page.

Page last updated: 23 Sep 2021