If you are eligible to vote in your local council elections, you may also be eligible to stand for a position on council.
Becoming a councillor presents the opportunity to influence local directions and create long term, positive outcomes within your community and for fellow residents.
As a councillor you’ll have the opportunity to influence local directions and create long term, positive outcomes within your community.
The role of councillor is both rewarding and challenging. It requires commitment, responsibility and accountability.
With very few exceptions (such as being an undischarged bankrupt or being disqualified from holding office by a court order), you can nominate for a position on council regardless of qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession.
In fact, councils actively encourage nominations from people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of views are being represented.
If you consider yourself to be invested in the future of your community, are willing to learn and participate, and prepared to contribute strategically to decision making processes that benefit your broader community, then you should explore what it takes to be a councillor.
A guide has been prepared to help you appreciate the role and responsibilities of a council member, understand the election process, and assist you in deciding whether to nominate. Please click on the link below to download an electronic version of the guide.