Information for Prospective Candidates
~ The local government election was held on 8 September 2012. This information for prospective candidates was prepared prior to the election as as part of the public awareness campaign. It remains available for research and reference purposes.
Are you thinking about becoming a member of Orange City Council?
The election to choose the 12 Orange City Council members will be held on Saturday 8 September.
Nominations for this year’s local council election opened on 30 July and will close on 8 August.
Some legal obligations begin before the official nominations.
For people considering standing for election, this page contains a range of information.
The role of a council member
This page from Orange City’s Council’s website outlines the duties of a City Council member.
Info seminars for candidates
Residents thinking about ‘putting their hand up’ as a candidate in the Orange City Council elections can find out more at two information sessions.
The seminars will be run by Orange City Council and will look at:
• the roles and responsibilities of council members
• ‘Life as a Councillor’
• the 2012 Election Process
The seminars will be held Tuesday 31 July ( 7am to 9am) and Wednesday 1 August (5.30pm to 7.30pm) in the council chambers.
Election funding donations
People who are elected to their local councils are required by law to provide information about campaign donations and campaign spending. The Election Funding Authority held a seminar in Orange 8 May to provide candidates with the details of these requirements. Information about the seminar can be found here.
This page also contains facts sheets and more information about how to register with the EFA.
According to the EFA it is an offence to accept a donation or incur a campaign expense before registering as a candidate.
Information for Candidates
The NSW Premier’s Dept and the Local Govt Association have produced a large document with information for prospective candidates.
It can be downloaded here. (4.46 MB) Thinking about becoming a councillor
The Local Government Association of NSW produces a Councillor Guide (994 KB)
The NSW government's Division of Local Government has published this guide to the Election Process (338KB)
The Electoral Commission has collated a range of information on its site about:
- the electoral boundaries of Orange
- statistical information about Orange
- and a countdown to Election Day.
The NSW Department of Local Govt has produced a brochure for women who are considering standing for election to their local council.
It can be downloaded here. (398K) Candidate Information for Women
Candidates from Diverse Backgrounds
The Dept of Local Government also provides information for prospective candidates who come from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, and other cultural and linguistically-diverse groups.
This document can be downloaded here. ( 375K) Candidate Information for Members of Diverse Groups
What happened at the Orange City Council election in 2008?
43 candidates stood for election to Orange City Council in 2008. 12 were elected.
The NSW Electoral Commission website publishes the voting figures for each candidate who stood at the last council election. The summary page can be seen here.