So you want to be a councillor or mayor?
Anyone can stand for election as a councillor or mayor, provided you are over 18 and an Australian citizen - no matter whether you are male or female; Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or born outside Australia; a young adult, a person living with a disability, a working person or a retiree.
The Queensland Government values the contribution diversity brings to our community and encourages anyone who wants to participate in making decisions and delivering services for the benefit of their community to stand for local government.
Free seminars - become a councillor
To learn how you can make a difference in your community, attend our free how to become a councillor information sessions:
Noosa Shire Council
Wednesday 2 October 2013, 6 pm to 9 pm
The Lounge Foyer at The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction
Livingstone Shire Council
Thursday 3 October 2013, 6 pm to 9 pm
Training Room, Council Works Offices, 48-52 Cordingley Street, Yeppoon
Douglas Shire Council
Monday 14 October 2013, 6 pm to 9 pm
Council Administration Office, 64-66 Front Street, Mossman
Mareeba Shire Council
Tuesday 15 October 2013, 6 pm to 9 pm
Mareeba RSL, 88 Byrnes Street, Mareeba
Registration closes 12 pm Tuesday 1 October.
Information for prospective candidates in Queensland local government elections
Role of a councillor or mayor
The role of a local government councillor is a demanding one. It requires knowledge of local government legislation, policies and systems, an interest in people and a willingness to invest time and energy in serving the needs and interests of the local community.
What you need to know
If you want to stand for election as a local government candidate you should understand the respective roles and responsibilities of a councillor and mayor and the key functions of local government in Queensland.
The information provided below is designed for intending local government candidates and other interested people. It is relevant to all local government elections, including quadrennial elections, by elections and the upcoming elections for the de-amalgamated local governments.
- Eligibility to nominate for local government
- How to nominate for council election
- The election campaign
- Getting started as a councillor or mayor - what happens after the election
- Your role as an elected councillor or mayor
- Your responsibilities as a councillor or mayor
Local government legislation
You should also be familiar with the local government legislation. The Local Government Act 2009 and the Local Government Regulation 2012 apply to all local governments in Queensland, except Brisbane City Council which comes under the City of Brisbane Act 2010 and the City of Brisbane Regulation 2012.