Our Council, Our Community - Becoming a Councillor

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Thinking of Running for Local Government?

The next Local Government election will be held on Saturday, 4 September 2021, therefore it’s timely to consider contributing to our local community and becoming a Councillor.

Becoming a Councillor

If you would like to know more about becoming a councillor, register to participate in one of the following candidate information sessions.

  • Thursday 8 July - 2.30pm - 5.30pm -Urunga Library Institute Hall
  • Friday 9 July - 9.00am - 12 noon - Dorrigo Community Centre Function Room
  • Friday 9 July - 6.00pm - 9.00pm - Bellingen Council Chambers

The session will include information on a range of topics including:

  • Understanding the role of Council and the role of the Councillor.
  • A typical council structure.
  • Challenges of the role and how to meet them.

To register your attendance at one of these sessions please contact Council on 02 6655 7300.

Please note this is not a register of candidacy. If you would like to nominate as a candidate in the upcoming local government election, nominations open Monday 26 July 2021. For more information visit NSW Election Commission



The Nomination Process

The NSW Electoral Commission provides an outline on the nomination process for Local Government elections as well as the necessary forms and fact sheets. visit www.votensw.info

Candidates and groups are required to register for the election with the NSWEC and appoint a person as their official agent before accepting political donations or incurring electoral expenditure. Registration and agent appointment forms are available on the NSW Electoral Commission website

Application to Register a Candidate Form - EF.729

Application to Register a Group Form - EF.732

Application to Register an Official Agent Form - EF.738

The NSWEC is responsible for regulating the political donations and election campaign expenditure of parties, groups, candidates and others. There are strict legal requirements that all parties, groups and candidates must follow when dealing with their election campaign finances. Parties, groups and candidates wishing to seek further information about candidate and group registration, appointment of an official agent or election campaign finances are advised to contact the NSWEC Candidate Helpdesk on 1300 088 942

To find out more about the role of a Councillor download the information pack in the document library.

Pre Election Workshops now available

Local Government NSW is best positioned to provide the very best local government pre and post election professional development workshops for potential councillors and those seeking re-election. All sessions and workshops are delivered by experienced, highly qualified, local government facilitators.

Our workshops will enable your council to better inform and prepare potential candidates to fully understand the role and responsibilities of a councillor and enhance councillors’ ability to carry out their role to the highest standard.

Pre-election Training
Pre-election candidate information session(s) – 2 hr session
This briefing provides participants with an understanding of the role of the councillor and how it fits with other roles and levels of government. Attendees will discuss the expectations and potential challenges, and identify key elements of council meetings, including code of conduct and conflict of interest.

Please email learning@lgnsw.org.au for more information.

Kind Regards,

LGNSW Learning & Development Team

Thinking of Running for Local Government?

The next Local Government election will be held on Saturday, 4 September 2021, therefore it’s timely to consider contributing to our local community and becoming a Councillor.

Becoming a Councillor

If you would like to know more about becoming a councillor, register to participate in one of the following candidate information sessions.

  • Thursday 8 July - 2.30pm - 5.30pm -Urunga Library Institute Hall
  • Friday 9 July - 9.00am - 12 noon - Dorrigo Community Centre Function Room
  • Friday 9 July - 6.00pm - 9.00pm - Bellingen Council Chambers

The session will include information on a range of topics including:

  • Understanding the role of Council and the role of the Councillor.
  • A typical council structure.
  • Challenges of the role and how to meet them.

To register your attendance at one of these sessions please contact Council on 02 6655 7300.

Please note this is not a register of candidacy. If you would like to nominate as a candidate in the upcoming local government election, nominations open Monday 26 July 2021. For more information visit NSW Election Commission



The Nomination Process

The NSW Electoral Commission provides an outline on the nomination process for Local Government elections as well as the necessary forms and fact sheets. visit www.votensw.info

Candidates and groups are required to register for the election with the NSWEC and appoint a person as their official agent before accepting political donations or incurring electoral expenditure. Registration and agent appointment forms are available on the NSW Electoral Commission website

Application to Register a Candidate Form - EF.729

Application to Register a Group Form - EF.732

Application to Register an Official Agent Form - EF.738

The NSWEC is responsible for regulating the political donations and election campaign expenditure of parties, groups, candidates and others. There are strict legal requirements that all parties, groups and candidates must follow when dealing with their election campaign finances. Parties, groups and candidates wishing to seek further information about candidate and group registration, appointment of an official agent or election campaign finances are advised to contact the NSWEC Candidate Helpdesk on 1300 088 942

To find out more about the role of a Councillor download the information pack in the document library.

Pre Election Workshops now available

Local Government NSW is best positioned to provide the very best local government pre and post election professional development workshops for potential councillors and those seeking re-election. All sessions and workshops are delivered by experienced, highly qualified, local government facilitators.

Our workshops will enable your council to better inform and prepare potential candidates to fully understand the role and responsibilities of a councillor and enhance councillors’ ability to carry out their role to the highest standard.

Pre-election Training
Pre-election candidate information session(s) – 2 hr session
This briefing provides participants with an understanding of the role of the councillor and how it fits with other roles and levels of government. Attendees will discuss the expectations and potential challenges, and identify key elements of council meetings, including code of conduct and conflict of interest.

Please email learning@lgnsw.org.au for more information.

Kind Regards,

LGNSW Learning & Development Team