Council candidates


To learn more about standing as a candidate visit the Local Government Association website (external link).

Who can nominate

You are eligible to nominate if:

  • you are an Australian citizen or have held office as a member of a Council at any time between 5 May 1997 and 1 January 2000;

and as at roll close:

  • are an elector for the council area, or
  • are the designated person of a body corporate or a group either of which has its name on the council voters roll (you must be an officer of the body corporate or a member of the group or an officer of a body corporate that is a member of the group), or
  • your name has been omitted in error from the council voters roll or you are the designated person of a body corporate or a group which has had its name omitted in error from the council voters roll and you would otherwise be eligible for nomination.

A body corporate or group can only nominate their designated person to stand as a candidate for an election.

Note: eligible candidates cannot

  • nominate for more than one position on a council, or
  • nominate for election to more than one council.
  • be a candidate at a supplementary election if you are a member of another council.

In the event of multiple nominations, all nominations are void at the time of close of nominations.

Who cannot nominate

You cannot nominate if you:

  • are a member of an Australian Parliament (including any State or Territory Parliament)
  • are an undischarged bankrupt or benefiting from law for the relief of insolvent debtors
  • are an employee of the council
  • are disqualified from election by court order under the Local Government Act 1999 (external link)
  • have been sentenced to imprisonment and are, or could become, liable to serve the sentence or the remainder of the sentence.

Information for prospective candidates

Please visit our page on resources for council candidates for more information regarding nominations, campaign material and nomination forms. 


To appoint a scrutineer, you must complete the approved form, and hand it to the Deputy Returning Officer or Electoral Officer in charge of the proceedings at the preliminary scrutiny or counting centre.

Note that:

  • a candidate may appoint one or more scrutineers, however only two may be present at the same time during the counting of votes
  • a candidate in an election for the council (including a candidate who has already been declared elected) is not eligible for appointment as a scrutineer.

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