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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Councillor Resources

The role of councillor is becoming increasingly complex. Councillors have a range of important individual and collective responsibilities and obligations as part of a council. These include

  • representing and acting in the interests of their community
  • developing and monitoring the implementation of strategic plans, budgets, policies and programs
  • making decisions as a statutory planning authority

There are resources available on this website to assist councillors carry out their duties, including

  • the Good Governance Guide
  • ethical decision making scenarios
  • information sheets to explain important aspects of local government legislation
  • guidance documents for the practical application of the legislation

Council and councillor resources developed by the Local Government Division can be found on the Resources for Councils and Councillors page.

Information is also available to assist councillors’ understanding of broader local government issues, such as

  • local government reform
  • council performance
Contact the Local Government Division

To find out more about councillor resources, including education and training provided by the Local Government Division

  • phone 03 6232 7022

Other Resources

Other organisations provide a range of resources to support councils and councillors.

Local Government Association of Tasmania

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) is the peak body responsible for local councils in Tasmania. Councils pay a fee to be a member of LGAT, in return LGAT

  • represents the interests of Tasmanian councils
  • promotes an efficient and effective system of local government in Tasmania
  • provides services to member councils, councillors and employees of councils
Contact the Local Government Association of Tasmania
  • phone 03 6146 3740

Tasmanian Electoral Commission

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) and the Electoral Commissioner supervise local government elections. To do this, the TEC

  • manage the electoral roll
  • produce and despatch ballot papers
  • approve electoral forms and procedures
  • appoint the returning officers who conduct each council’s election
  • raise public awareness of council elections
  • ensure statutory advertising

The TEC provides detailed election information for voters and for people who wish to run as a candidate for local government. It also announces the outcome of council elections and provides information on vacancies which arise outside election periods.

Contact the Tasmanian Electoral Commission
  • phone 1800 801 701

Support for women in local government

Specific support is available for women in local government, including

  • The WomenCan program from the Tasmanian Branch of ALGWA – outlines the steps women can take to help them decide to stand for council.

View the Women in local government page for more information.

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