Candidates and groups

What is a candidate?

A candidate for an election in a Council area or ward includes:

  • a candidate who is a member of a group for a Councillor election,
  • an ungrouped candidate for a Councillor election, and
  • a candidate for a mayoral election.

For more information about standing as a candidate at a local Council election go to www.votensw.info

A person becomes a candidate when any of the following occur:

  • apply to be registered with the NSWEC as a candidate for an election, or
  • are nominated as a candidate for an election, or
  • accept a political donation for an election, or
  • make a payment for electoral expenditure for an election.

Before you become a candidate you must understand your responsibilities and obligations. Each candidate must be registered with the NSWEC for an election and appoint an Official Agent before:

  • accepting political donations, and
  • making payments for electoral expenditure for an election.

It is an offence to accept donations or make payments for electoral expenditure before you are registered for the election.

Being registered as a candidate for an election is a separate process to being nominated as a candidate for the election. To have your name included on the ballot paper you must be nominated for the election. Go to www.votensw.info for information about being nominated for an election.

What is a group?

A group is two or more candidates for an election in a Council area or a ward. Two or more candidates become a group when any of the following occur:

  • candidates apply to register the group with the NSWEC for an election, or
  • candidates are nominated for an election and those candidates request to form a group on a ballot paper, or
  • individuals accept a political donation for the purpose of the group for an election, or
  • individuals make a payment for electoral expenditure for the purpose of the group for an election.

For more information about standing as a candidate or group at a local Council election go to www.votensw.info.

Before you become a group you must understand your responsibilities and obligations. A group must be registered with the NSWEC for an election and the candidates in the group must appoint a person as the group's Official Agent before the group:

  • accepts political donations, and
  • makes payments for electoral expenditure for an election.

It is an offence to accept donations or make payments for electoral expenditure before you are registered for the election.

Being a registered group for an election is a separate process to forming a group on the ballot paper. To form a group on a ballot paper the group must make that request at the time the group members are nominated as candidates. Go to www.votensw.info for information about being nominated for an election and forming a group on the ballot paper

Registration for the 2017 local Council election has closed, you may need to appoint an Official Agent:

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Local Council Elections: Candidate Information Presentation for Council Administered Elections – This 40 minute presentation provides detailed information on the legal responsibilities of candidates and Official Agents at Council elections that are not administered by the NSW Electoral Commission.