Becoming a member of council is one of the most rewarding ways to contribute to the community. In addition to providing community engagement, representation and leadership for residents and ratepayers, you will help shape a broad range of strategies and policies, acting according to the powers conferred by the Local Government Act 1999.
Who can nominate as a candidate
Anyone can stand for elections regardless of qualifications, religion, gender or employment provided that:
● You are an Australian citizen or have been a member of a Council at any time between 5 May 1997 and 1 January 2000.
● You are an elector for the area, or the nominee of a body corporate or a group either of which has its name on the council’s 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).
You are ineligible to nominate if you are:
● A Parliamentarian.
● An undischarged bankrupt.
● Discharged from holding office by a court order.
● Are a council employee in a council for which you are nominating.
● A candidate in another council area.
● Likely to serve a term of imprisonment.
What You Can Nominate For
The Adelaide City Council has both ward and area councillors. Candidates may nominate for any position but only one position (i.e. not dual candidacy). In the 2010 Elections, the Council will be elected from 12 positions as follows:
● Lord Mayor.
● 5 Area Councillors.
● 6 Ward Councillors (2 Councillors from 3 wards).
» Ward Boundaries (PDF, 494Kb)
Attributes of a successful candidate
You may wish to consider whether or not you:
● Are prepared for the time commitment involved, not only in campaigning but in office.
● Have some established community links.
● Have some understanding of local government and how it works, coupled with a willingness and capacity to develop skills and acquire knowledge in the area.
● Are able and willing to apply any professional and personal knowledge and skills in key areas including social, financial or political analysis, group participation, and bi-lingual communication.