Now you're a councillor
Congratulations! Your community has chosen you to represent their interests as their elected councillor.
Adjusting to your new role as councillor is a challenging time. You’ll have to learn the language of local government, pick up new skills, and do a lot of reading in a short amount of time.
Councils are expected to support new councillors by offering an induction program early on to help you through this learning curve as well as professional development programs.
The first thing you will need to do is gain a clear understanding of your roles and responsibilities being a councillor, as well as the processes and strategies of your council.
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has a Councillor Development Training Program that can assist you in making the leap from citizen to councillor, and have put together a New Councillor Resource Guide.
Tips for new councillors
The MAV asked experienced councillors for the advice they would have liked to help them through their first few weeks in office.
- New councillor resource guide 2016 (Word - 600KB)
- What councils do
- Land use planning in Victoria: a guide for councillors (Word - 2.5MB)
- Emergency management guide for mayors and councillors (PDF - 330KB)
- Understanding local government E-learning module
- Good governance guide
- Australian Local Government Women's Association
- Guide to Councils