Becoming a Councillor

Becoming a Councillor

Become a Councillor


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. 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. For example:

  • 31 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 (2.9 per cent of the NSW population is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander)
  • the first language spoken at home by most councillors is English (26 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).

The Office of Local Government provides workshops and resources for newly elected and returning councillors. We have developed a range of resources aimed at increasing the representation of our diverse communities.

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 – – or phone 02 4428 4100.

For more information about registration, nomination, election campaign finances, voting and other election processes, as well as important dates and deadlines, go to the NSW Electoral Commission website at

Stand for Your Community – Candidate Guide

Be a Councillor Page

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A candidate information webinar will be held on two dates in April for people considering election to Local Government this September.
Prospective candidates need to register if they wish to attend the workshop.
It will be held at 11am, Tuesday, 27 April, and repeated from 6pm on Thursday, 29 April.
For all details about the requirements to stand for election and applicable deadlines, visit

A series of online candidate information sessions will be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) in the lead up to the 2021 NSW Local Government elections.

  • Election overview
  • Election funding and disclosure
  • Registration of candidates, groups, and third-party campaigners
  • Electoral material (also known as how-to-vote material)
  • Nomination process
  • Early voting and election day voting
  • Candidate workers and scrutineers
  • Counting and results



Information for Candidates 

Additional Candidate Information Walgett Shire Council

Promoting Diversity in Local Government

Women in Local Government – Stand for Your Community

All you need to know about becoming a Councillor

Sign Up for Election Reminders

Check My Enrolment

Becoming a Candidate

Candidate nominations for local elections

Generally, the nomination process for a local government election is as follows:

Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the election processes and your legal obligations

Step 2: Register as a candidate

Step 3: Manage your campaign finances throughout the entire election period

Step 4: Nominate as a candidate

Step 5: Register electoral material (how to votes) to distribute on Election Day

Step 6: Disclose political donations and electoral expenditure to the NSW Electoral Commission

Please refer to each Local election for specific details.


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