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, you must be an Australian citizen and enrolled to vote in the Manningham City Council elections.
Nominations for the elections will open on Thursday 15 September 2016 and close at 12 noon on Tuesday 20 September 2016.
There are some other requirements and disqualifications to consider – these 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)
The Municipal Association of Victoria is making a state wide effort to raise awareness of council elections and encourage Victorians to consider standing for their local council.
The objective of the ‘Stand for Council 2016’ campaign is to motivate people to seek information about standing for council. Central to the campaign is a website where prospective candidates can access a wide range of information, and candidate information sessions about standing for council.
This campaign is being undertaken in conjunction with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), which has the primary role of conducting council elections.
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
Allowances are paid to Councillors to assist them with meeting the costs they incur in conducting their duties as a Councillor. The Mayor is also paid an annual mayoral allowance plus the use of a fully maintained Council vehicle.
In addition, the equivalent of the superannuation guarantee contribution (currently 9.5%) is required to be added to the allowances.
The current allowances are $24,730 for a Councillor and $76,521 for the Mayor.
The Council also has a policy relating to out of pocket expenses, which Councillors may claim, incurred as a result of them conducting their duties as Councillors.
Councillors are also provided with certain items of equipment such as a mobile phone, an iPad, laptop or tablet, etc, to assist them to carry out their duties as a Councillor.
Candidates' Campaign Donation Returns for Council Elections
All candidates at a Council election are required to submit a "candidate's campaign donation return", in which they must disclose any donation valued at $500 or more, received for their election campaign.
The returns are submitted to the Chief Executive Officer, held in a public register and published on Candidate Election Campaign Donations Return.