Women in Local Government

The "NSW Councillor and Candidate Report 2012 Local Government Elections" indicates that in NSW 36 percent of election candidates, and 27 percent of councillors were women.

According to the NSW Office of Local Government (OLG), '2010 Census of Local Government Employees', in NSW Councils women make up 46 percent of the total workforce and 16 percent in Executive positions.

Promoting Gender Equity

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Learning Solutions facilitates the Springboard Women’s Development Program that assists women in non-management positions develop the skills and knowledge needed to further advance their careers. LGNSW Learning Solutions also coordinates a mentoring strategy in conjunction with the program and delivers a program for mentors.

LGNSW supports the 50:50 Vision - Councils for Gender Equity and encourages membership of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) by NSW councillors and staff.

We support councils in the voluntary establishment of community based Women’s Advisory Committees to provide advice on decisions that have particular impacts on women.

NSW Local Government Women’s Charter

In 2004, the leaders of the Local Government Association of NSW, the Shires Association of NSW, the Australian Local Government Women's Association NSW and the Local Government Managers Australia NSW Division signed a charter for women in Local Government. This charter enshrines principles expressed in national and international protocols, which highlight equal rights and opportunities for women as central to achieving good local governance.

In support of increased women's participation in local decision making and in democratic local governance in NSW, both in terms of elected representation and across all levels of employment, we, as representative agencies, support the following principles:

  • That women and men have an equal right to be representatives in local governance.
  • That women and men have an equal right to employment in Local Government and equality in recruitment procedures.
  • That, in recognition of the value of different experiences and perspectives, councils and communities encourage and welcome the participation of women in all aspects of Local Government.
  • Local Governments are in a unique position to work with the community to increase the numbers and participation of women in public life, so that decision-making more clearly represents and reflects the interests and demography of communities.