2014 Council Elections
Landlords, business owners or occupiers and non-Australian citizens
Council's voters roll expired on 1 January 2014. If you are not on the House of Assembly Roll for the City of Mitcham, and you wish to vote in the November Council elections, you will need to apply to be placed on the roll before 8 August 2014. Application forms can be obtained from the City of Mitcham Civic Centre or by clicking on the relevant Application Form. Further information can be obtained from Lyn Bishop on 8372 8856.
Council elections take place every four years. The next elections will occur in November 2014.
Do you want to become an Elected Member?
If you are thinking about standing as a candidate to become an Elected Member at the November Local Government elections, here is some essential information.
|Friday 8 August 2014||Roll closes|
9.30 am - 12.45 pm
'So You Want to Be on Council'
7 pm, Monday 25 August 2014
|Candidate Brief Session|
Tuesday 2 September 2014
12 noon, Tuesday 16 September 2014
|4 pm, Tuesday 16 September 2014||Draw for positions on ballot paper|
|Monday 20 to Friday 24 October 2014||Mail out of voting material to electors|
|5 pm, Friday 7 November 2014||Close of voting|
|9 am, Saturday 8 November 2014||Commencement of scrutiny and count|
What do Elected Members do?
There are some specific roles which an elected member is expected to perform. Elected Members:
- represent the interests of ratepayers and residents
- provide leadership and guidance to the community
- act as a conduit between the community and Council
- attend Council meetings and other workshops and briefings
- participate in Council’s decision making
- participate in the civic activities of Council
- participate in setting Council’s strategic directions
- oversee the Council budget, including its resource allocation, expenditure and service delivery
How much time will you need to commit?
When you take on the role of elected member you are committing yourself to a number of hours extra work each month. There are Council meetings to attend, agenda papers and other reports to read. To assist you in your role there will also be briefings and workshops conducted by staff and other professionals. Attendance at community events is also recommended as this is how you will get to know your community and find out what is important.
Allowances and expenses
While the role of an elected member is not a paid position, an allowance is paid to cover some of your costs. Currently Elected Members receive:
Elected members are also entitled to claim for reimbursement of some expenses such as prescribed travel costs and child care.
Elected Member allowances are set before each new Council term by the State Remuneration Tribunal. Submissions to the Tribunal are currently being considered and the new allowances should be known in August.
Advice for potential candidates
- you must be an Australian citizen
- make sure you are on the State Electoral roll, or Council’s Voters roll if you are not already on it
- do some research about Council and its functions and services
- come to a Council meeting to see how meetings are conducted and the matters which are discussed
- you will receive an intensive induction program should you be elected to Council
If you would like information on becoming an elected member of Council, contact Meredith Nunan on firstname.lastname@example.org or 8372 8837.
In search of women councillors
Free information sessions are being held for women who are interested in running for the 2014 Local Government elections. For more information, click on the link below.