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Candidate training ‘So you want to be a Councillor?’

Prior to nominating, all candidates (including sitting councillors) must complete ‘So you want to be a councillor’ training within 6 months of the nomination date. Existing councillors who are re-nominating for election must also complete this training. Please refer to Section 26.2 in the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 for further information.

Candidates must declare successful completion of the training on the official nomination form. It is recommended that candidates keep a copy of the mandatory training certificate, which is received upon completion. The reference number on the certificate can be included on the nomination form as proof of completion.

If you are interested in seeing the training modules, you can download PDF versions below:

Councillor training and resources

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