Communities in NSW are made up of diverse groups including Aboriginal people, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background, people with a disability, women and young people. With community diversity represented on a council comes a range of perspectives and experience. As a result, more equitable, effective, and community focussed decisions can be made. By being better informed, policies and programs can be developed that address community needs.

The Office of Local has developed a range of resources aimed at increasing the representation of our diverse communities on local councils

The Candidate and Councillor Diversity Report 2017 presents findings on the candidates and councillors who contested the 2016 and 2017 NSW local government elections. It provides a valuable evidence base that indicates the extent to which those elected to local councils reflect the people of NSW, and the communities they represent and make decisions for.