If you are passionate about what happens in your local community becoming a councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents.
Nominations for candidates to stand for local government elections open on July 31 and close at midday August 9.
The Office of Local Government provides workshops and resources for newly elected and returning councillors.
The communities served by councils are diverse, and this should be reflected in the people elected. However, across NSW some community groups are under-represented.
- just over a quarter (27 per cent) of councillors are women (approximately half of the population is women)
- the most common age group of councillors is 60-69 years, followed by 50-59 years (the median age of the population is approximately 38)
- 2 per cent of all councillors identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (2.5 per cent of the NSW population is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander)
- the first language spoken at home by most councillors is English (22 per cent of the NSW population speaks a language other than English at home)
- 3 per cent of all councillors identified as having a disability (5 per cent of the NSW population have identified a need for assistance with self-care, mobility and/or communication).
We have developed a range of resources aimed at increasing the representation of our diverse communities.
As part of this we have developed a range of resources aimed at increasing the representation of our diverse communities.
Click on the links on the right-hand side of the page to download these resources.
If you would like further information about becoming a councillor, you may wish to talk to an existing councillor in your local area or contact the Office of Local Government - firstname.lastname@example.org - or phone 02 4428 4100.
The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) has also developed a number of resources and information to assist candidates and voters. These include:
- the 6 steps to being a candidate (and forming a group of candidates) at the elections
- a Fact sheet on Local Council Election 2017 election finance obligations
- information about:
- Political Donation caps for this financial year, adjusted from 1 July,
- registration and nomination
- election campaign finances
- election processes, including important dates and deadlines
- information for:
- candidates and groups,
- political parties,
- political donors, and
- third-party campaigners.
- The NSWEC’s Candidate Helpdesk on 1300 088 942
- The NSWEC’s General Enquiry Line on 1300 135 736.