Aspirations for Local Government? Let us know


In September this year, NSW will hold its Local Government Election. Women currently represent less than one third (33%) of all councillors and mayors serving on the 128 councils in NSW. The figure is only marginally better (35%) for all Councils in Australia.


The election was postponed in NSW in 2020 due to COVID, however both Victoria and Queensland went ahead in modified form. Councils in the Northern Territory will also be up for election this year.

Women on Boards supports women achieving leadership roles in all walks of life to achieve its gender balance goal of 40:40:20 (40% women, 40% men and 20% of either and or, any other gender). We have always maintained a keen interest in the number of women serving in government at all levels, so this year we will be supporting the work of organisations such as a Women for Election Australia and Australian Women in Local Government to boost numbers of women seeking election to local councils.

Short Survey

We would very much like to know your experience with, or interest in local government via our short survey.

WOBChat 24 March

Join WOB members serving as local government councillors as they speak with WOB Executive Director, Claire Braund, in this special WOBChat. Hear why they went into local government, the impact and influence they are able to have and the upsides (and downsides) of being a councillor. Members only - Register Here 

NSW Workshops for potential candidates

Women for Election is running a series of workshops across NSW to equip women to consider running for local government. Secure your place.

Also, read how the NSW State Government is seeking more women to nominate to become councillors.

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