Who can become a local councillor in NSW?

by | 30 March, 2021

In short, anyone who is entitled to be enrolled to vote can become a local councillor in NSW, unless that person is disqualified from holding civic office or prevented from being elected to civic office. 

So, the better question to ask might be “who can’t be a local councillor in NSW?”

Who is disqualified from holding civic office?

There is a long list of people who are disqualified from holding civic office. If you meet any of the criteria on this list, then you cannot become a local councillor. You can read the full list here in section 275 of the Local Government Act 1993.

This includes people:

  • currently serving a prison sentence
  • convicted of certain election related or criminal offences
  • prohibited from managing companies
  • suspended on three or more occasions for misconduct as a councillor
  • serving as judges
  • who are the returning officer for elections of the council
  • who are council employees

There are also special rules for:

  • State members who wish to become a councillor
  • any councillor or Mayor who is elected to State Parliament during their term of office

Who is prevented from being elected to civic office?

A person who is disqualified from holding civic office may not be elected or appointed to a civic office and may not hold, or act in, a civic office. You can read more disqualification here in section 276 of the Local Government Act 1993.

Closing date and time for electoral roll

If you are unsure about your eligibility to become a local councillor, take time to review the eligibility rules.

You can also check if your name is on the electoral roll for your local government area on the Australian Electoral Commission website. If you find out that name is not on the roll, you have until 6pm on 26 July 2021 to make sure your name is on the electoral roll. 

If you need some help in deciding whether to stand for the election, you can download our free checklist  to help you decide or watch our free webinar for candidates.

 

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