Now you're a councillor

Now you're a councillor

A site for women councillors in Victorian local government

“I came in armed with confidence and courage.  I wasn’t afraid to say, ‘I don’t know’.”

As you explore this website, remember that every councillor and every community is different.  There are many ways to be an effective councillor and what worked for others may or may not work for you.  Our suggestions are just that – suggestions!

Australia three levels of government

Council purpose

The job of local government is to provide leadership for the good governance of communities. One of the first places to start as a new councillor is Section 3 of the Victorian Local Government Act (1989).....

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The first tier of government

Good local government can strengthen the sense of active, instead of passive belonging, which is essential to any country that claims to be a democracy.....

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Barbara Murdoch

Good governance

Good governance is about the process of decision-making. It’s not about making ‘correct’ decisions, it’s about developing the best possible process to arrive at those decisions. Good governance and good decision making go hand in hand in local government. Both have a positive effect .....

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