After each local government elections, the Office of Local Government reviews and analyses diversity information provided by candidates and councillors.

The 2021/22 Candidate and Councillor Diversity Report provides an interesting snapshot of diversity in local government.  Key findings include:

  • 3,854 candidates stood for election for 1,255 councillor positions
  • All councils have at least one female councillor
  • The percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councillors is above the NSW population percentage
  • 43 per cent of candidates elected to council have had no previous experience as a councillor
  • Other than English, Arabic is the most common language councillors first learned to speak
  • There are only 10 councillors aged between 18 and 24