Candidate Information

The nomination process, the electoral laws that candidates must comply with and the ongoing obligations of councillors to make disclosures about electoral funding are administered by the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC).

For more information for political participants, click here or contact the NSWEC via their contact page or phone 1300 135 736.

CN’s Candidate Information session will be held on Monday 27 May 2024. See below for more information. 

Key information

2024 NSW LG Elections - Key Dates

The Office of Local Government has a number of guides to assist in providing information those interested in becoming a Councillor.

Online Candidate Training Tool: Interactive Guide

Stand for Your Community – Diversity Counts

City of Newcastle is a committed to creating a smart, liveable and sustainable global city that fosters innovation, investment and job creation. Becoming a Councillor is an exciting opportunity to represent your community and the interests of City of Newcastle's residents by providing leadership and guidance to the community.

A Candidate Information Session will be held on 27 May 2024 for potential candidates to attend and learn about key requirements of becoming a Councillor, understanding the rules and processes for registering and understanding the role of Council, Councillors and Council meetings.

  • Date: Monday 27 May 2024
  • Time: 5.30pm - 9pm
  • Venue: Council Chambers, City Administration Centre, 12 Stewart Avenue Newcastle West
  • Facilitator: Maire Sheehan, who held the role as Mayor of Leichhardt between 1999 and 2004, and previously as Councillor.

The session will run for approximately 3.5 hours, and will be delivered in person, however the option to attend online for those unable to make it in person will be available.

Candidates will be required to register and indicate whether they will be attending face to face or online. Further information about this session, including how to register, will be available soon.  

There are a few steps involved in nominating to become a Councillor, so if you are considering becoming a candidate, start the process early by visiting NSW Electoral Commission's information for candidates before the deadline of 12 noon, Wednesday 14 August 2024.

If you are passionate about what happens across the City of Newcastle and our community, becoming a Councillor is an opportunity to make a difference and represent the interests of our residents.  Council is responsible for making significant decisions that have far-reaching impacts on our community. For all you need to know about what being a Councillor entails, visit the Office of Local Government website

For more information about registering to commence campaigning and nominating to become a Councillor please refer to the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Key Information

The Office of Local Government has a number of guides to assist in providing information those interested in becoming a Councillor: