Local government candidate induction

Welcome to the department's local government candidate induction.

This year new laws have been introduced which makes it compulsory for all candidates nominating in a local government election to complete the department’s online induction.

Nominations for the 2019 general local government elections have closed. We encourage you to still complete the induction if you want to find out more about the roles and responsibilities of councillors.

Minister's message

Councillors play an important community leadership role and being on a council is a way you can make sure community perspectives are heard and considered.

Becoming a councillor is a big decision and its important you are aware of what your obligations and commitments will be if you are elected.

To be able to nominate in a Western Australian local government election, you must complete this induction. You will be asked to declare that you have done so when completing the nomination form. It is an offence to make false or misleading statements on the nomination form.

The induction should take no longer than one hour to complete.

If you have any difficulties in completing the induction, please contact the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries via lgtraining@dlgsc.wa.gov.au or 61 8 9492 9762.

Topics covered in the induction

  • About government in Australia
  • A closer look at local government
  • Local government decision making process
  • The role of a councillor
  • Relationship between councillors and staff
  • What you will need to do as a councillor
  • Decisions you might make as a councillor
  • Qualities and skills of effective councillors
  • Other things that are helpful to know
  • Advice from the WA Electoral Commission
  • Why stand for council?
  • What should you do now?
  • Support for candidates
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