If you are passionate about what happens in your local community becoming a councillor is an opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents. Councils are responsible for making significant decisions that have a far-reaching impact on their community.
With community diversity represented on a council comes a range of perspectives and experience. The Office of Local has developed a range of resources aimed at increasing the representation of our diverse communities on local councils.
The Stand for Your Community Candidate Guide contains comprehensive information about becoming and being a councillor, including eligibility and the nomination process. This guide has been prepared as an introduction to the role of councillors and the operation of councils. It is a starting point to help you decide whether you would like to run in the next council election.
For more detailed information on election campaign finances as well as the registration process, how to nominate as a candidate and your funding and disclosure obligations, you can visit the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) website www.votensw.info or www.elections.nsw.gov.au. The NSWEC provides support and assistance to candidates to help them understand their legal obligations regarding political donations and electoral expenditure.
If you would like further information about becoming a councillor, you may wish to ask your council if it is holding pre-election candidate sessions or talk to an existing councillor in your local area.