Now you're a councillor

Now you're a councillor

A site for women councillors in Victorian local government

Why this website ?

The Now you’re a councillor website was created in 2013 as a tool kit for women who are newly elected to local government. This is the first time the resource has been published on the web and it is the 4th edition of the tool kit first published in 2001 and created by the Victorian Women’s Participation in Local Government (WPILG) Coalition.  The website includes the stories and advice of experienced women councillors and provides links to resources. No matter who you are, we welcome your interest in this website.

Newly elected women councillors, as with all new councillors, often need support to ensure their contributions are  sustainable.  Learning from the experience of others is always helpful so we have sought the views of women councillors – past and present – on how to survive and thrive in local government.

Australian women are under-represented at all levels of government.  Following the 2012 elections in Victoria, women make up 34% of local government councillors.  Local government needs to reflect those it sets out to serve.  More women on councils will help to build a more robust democracy.

Who are we?

The Victorian Women’s Participation in Local Government Coalition (WPILGC) began in 1996. It set out to realise the goals of the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter:

  • to achieve gender equity
  • to encourage diversity
  • to support the active citizenship of women

Coalition Partners

The VLGA has created this website on behalf of the Coalition.


The WPILG Coalition acknowledges material generously provided by current and former councillors, and others who work with local governments.

In addition we thank:

  • Alana Schetzer – journalist
  • EMILY’s List – excerpts from the Women’s Power Handbook
  • Jane Cafarella – journalist
  • Mary Leunig – cartoonist (for town hall illustration)
  • Planning Institute of Australia (Victoria)
  • Consultants who worked on this website with VLGA – Valeria D’Agostino, Agnes Cusack, Marika Andrews

Sorry if we have inadvertently omitted you. Let us know!

Indigenous acknowledgment

We pay our respects to Australia’s First Peoples and to past, present and future Elders and acknowledge their ownership of the land.