Register to speak at a Council meeting
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
- Contact details
- Item on the Agenda you wish to speak to
- Whether you are for or against the recommendation in the agenda
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 for Council meetings (PDF 637.4KB)
Code of meeting practice for Council meetings (DOCX 221.3KB)
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 Business Paper Coordinator 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Current meeting agenda items
View the current meeting agenda items here prior to completing the form.
Apply to speak at a meeting
Use this form to register to speak at a Council Meeting.
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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