The Now you’re a councillor website was created in 2013 and updated in 2017, as a tool kit for women who are newly elected to local government. This is the 5th edition of the tool kit first published in hard copy, in 2001 and initially 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 2016 elections in Victoria, women make up 38% of local government councillors in Victoria. Local government needs to reflect those it sets out to serve. More women on councils will help to build a more robust democracy.
The VLGA has maintained and updated this website and wishes to acknowledge and material generously provided by current and former councillors, and others who work with local governments.
Consultants who worked on this website with VLGA – Ruth McGowan OAM of Ruth McGowan Pty. Ltd.
We pay our respects to Australia’s First Peoples and to past, present and future Elders and acknowledge their ownership of the land.