The Standing Committee on Public Participation and Petitions is a Legislature Committee established in terms of the provision of Rule 187 of the Standing Rules of the Legislature. It is accountable to the Committee of Chairpersons, office of the Chairperson of Committees and the House.

The Committee exists in order to deliver on the following constitutional mandate assigned to the Legislature:
1. Performing oversight over Public Participation and its use of financial and other resources;
2. Law making; and
3. Involving the public in committee and legislative processes.

The AOP represents the key activities that this committee will undertake in fulfilling its mandate.
The priorities listed below fulfill a dual purpose. In certain instances, they form part of the activities undertaken by the committee (e.g. Site Visits).

Priority areas identified by the Committee:
• Public involvement
• Public representation
• Public education
• Stakeholder engagement
• Processing of petitions