Becoming a councillor
Local government elections in Victoria are held every four years (2008, 2012, etc).
You could be a councillor if you are:
- Interested in improving your community;
- 18 years or over on election day; and
- A resident or ratepayer.
Under the Local Government Act, you may be disqualified or ineligible to stand for council if you meet certain criteria.
Under the Local Government Act, you’ll be disqualified from standing for council if you’re:
- A member of a state, territory or federal parliament;
- Employed as a ministerial officer, parliamentary adviser or electorate officer by a member of state, territory or federal parliament;
- A councillor in another Australian council, unless you resigned from that position before nominating;
- An undischarged bankrupt or your property is subject to control under bankruptcy law;
- Of unsound mind;
- A member of council staff in the municipality where the election is being held and you haven’t taken leave to stand for election;
- Not 18 years or older;
- Disqualified after a finding of gross misconduct by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the period of disqualification hasn’t expired; and
- Incapable of becoming a councillor.
Under the Local Government Act, you can’t become a councillor for seven years from the date of conviction for:
- Making improper use of information or position as a councilor;
- Breaching the provisions relating to conflict of interest;
- Electoral offences; and
- Acting as a councillor when incapable of being one.
If you’ve been convicted of an indictable offence or one of the statutory offences listed in section 29 of the Local Government Act, you also have to wait seven years from the date of conviction before standing for council.
Courtesy of mav.asn.au
Last updated: 06-05-2016