Become a Councillor


Local Government NSW
P: 02 9242 4000
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Interested in becoming a councillor?

Every council needs people who are passionate about making a difference in their local community.

What’s more, the communities served by councils are often diverse, and this diversity should be reflected in the people elected as councillors.

For more information about becoming a councillor, including registration, nominations and the election process, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website. The Office of Local Government also has some great information available.

Collaborate NSW

Stand for your community. We need more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders on councils The most effective councils truly reflect the people they represent – by gender, age and ethnic identity. But in NSW, just 1.9% of the councillors elected in the most recent 2016/17 local government elections identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, compared to 2.9% of the population. Less than 13% of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander councillors were female. There are currently no Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander councillors under 30 years of age.

With a new round of NSW local government elections scheduled for Saturday 14 September 2024, it’s time to push for a local government sector that really reflects our Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities. Nominating for council is one way you can stand for your community.

Learn more about Collaborate NSW