Being a Councillor expands your ability to make a difference in your local community and to influence issues that you care about. If you are thinking about nominating as a candidate in the next election, you must be an Australian citizen and enrolled to vote in the Manningham City Council elections.
Requirements and disqualifications for Council candidates to consider are explained in more detail in the links below.
- VEC: Becoming a Council Candidate
- Municipal Association of Victoria
- Go Women Local Government (Victorian Local Governance Association)
Role of a Councillor
The role of a Councillor is defined in the Local Government Act 1989 as:
- To participate in the decision-making of the Council.
- To represent the local community in that decision-making.
- To contribute to the strategic direction of the Council through the development and review of key strategic documents of the Council including the Council Plan.
In performing the role of a Councillor, a Councillor must:
- Consider the diversity of interests and needs of the local community.
- Observe principles of good governance and act with integrity.
- Provide civic leadership in relation to the exercise of the various functions and responsibilities of the Council under this Act and other Acts.
- Participate in the responsible allocation of the resources of Council through the annual budget.
- Facilitate effective communication between the Council and the community.
The role of a Councillor does not include the performance of any functions that are specified as functions of the Chief Executive Officer under section 94A of the Local Government Act 1989.
More information may be obtained from the Municipal Association of Victoria.
Being a Councillor is not a full time job. Most Councillors are in full-time employment and undertake their Councillor duties in their own time.
Councillors are required to attend Council meetings held monthly and out of normal business hours.
Councillors will also be involved in attending various Council committees or serve on external committees as a Council representative. Most, but not all, of these meetings are held after 6.00pm.
Allowances and Expenses
The Mayor and Councillors are entitled to receive an allowance whilst performing their duties. The Victorian Government sets the upper and lower levels for allowances paid to Councillors.
Council is required to review allowance levels by 30 June in the year following a general election. The allowance level remains in effect for the full term of the Council with automatic annual adjustments determined by the Minister for Local Government.
The current allowances are $79,613.16 for the Mayor and $25,729.93 for a Councillor. There is also a requirement for an amount equivalent to the superannuation guarantee under Commonwealth taxation legislation (currently 9.5%) to be paid in addition to the allowance.
Councillors are entitled to be reimbursed for any necessary out-of-pocket expenses they incur whilst performing their duties. The Councillor Allowance and Support Policy guides the reimbursement of Councillor expenses. Council reports annually to the community on their reimbursements.
Candidates' Campaign Donation Returns for Council Elections
All candidates in a Council election are required to submit an election campaign donation return within 40 days after election day.
A summary of each election campaign donation return must be made available on Council's website and include the name of the candidate and, if a gift is included in the return, the name of the person who made the gift and the total value of the gift received from that person. Only gifts to the value of $500 or more are required to be disclosed.
To view a summary of the election campaign donation returns, please view the Candidate Election Campaign Donations Return page.