Could I be a councillor?
You could be a councillor if you are:
- interested in improving your community
- an Australian citizen
- 18 or over on election day
- a resident or ratepayer
There are some qualifications and disqualifications that may prevent you from becoming a councillor, even if you meet the criteria above. Learn more about how to run for election.
Citizen to Councillor booklet
Most of the information on this website about standing for council is available in a print-friendly booklet.
The publication contains an addendum reflecting changes to the Local Government (Electoral) Regulations 2016.
Download Citizen to Councillor – a guide for prospective councillors (PDF - 976KB).
About local government
Local government is the government closest to the people. It creates the foundations for democracy and accountability.
Local councils govern, provide services and advocate. Most importantly, they create opportunities for citizens to influence and participate in the democratic process and the decisions that shape our society and local communities.
Listen to audio
Listen to Rob Spence, MAV CEO, talk about why you should consider standing for council. You can also download the audio file.