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Candidate Briefing Workshops

We are hosting candidate briefings on 28 June and 6 July 2021.

Event details

We're hosting two candidate briefings:

Merrylands Council Chambers
16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands
When: Monday 28 June 2021 from 6pm to 9pm

Auburn Town Hall, Sommerville Room
1 Susan Street, Auburn
When: Tuesday 6 July 2021 from 6pm to 9pm

Workshop facilitator

John Rayner on behalf of Local Government NSW will facilitate the workshops.

About the workshop

If you’re interested in becoming a councillor, this will help you gain a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of a member of council and understand the level of commitment required. It will provide you with the information you need to make a considered decision.


  • The benefits and importance of Local Government
  • Understanding the role of council and the role of the councillor
  • A typical council structure
  • Challenges of the role and how to meet them
  • The importance of diverse representation on council
  • Importance of speaking out on key issues and how to do this confidently
  • Meeting procedures and rules of debate
  • Support available including information and networks
  • Introduction to local government jargon and what it means
  • Putting it together: making the commitment

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key requirements for becoming a councillor
  • Recognise how the councillor role fits in with other roles and various levels of government
  • Address their key expectations and potential challenges in becoming a councillor
  • Know how the councillor role fits in with the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework
  • Identify key elements of council meetings, including code of conduct and conflict of interest

Registrations and enquiries

Registration is essential. To register your attendance and/or make an enquiry please contact Carol Karaki, Senior Coordinator Governance & Civic Events by:

Phone: 02 8757 9427 or