Local Government NSW provide information and resources for NSW Local Government councillors to guide and support them throughout their term.
Resources for Councillors
Councillors require a good understanding of their legislated roles and responsibilities to ensure their effectiveness as a member of a governing body and an elected representative. Resources that may assist councillors to perform their role are available through the Division of Local Government.
Local Government NSW Learning Solutions provides professional development and training specifically catering to the needs of councillors. Our comprehensive courses are designed to assist councillors to understand their roles and enhance their skills.
Councillors are entitled to receive an annual fee for carrying out their civic duties. The NSW Local Government Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal) decides each year what councillors’ annual fees will be.
Each year, the LGSA makes submissions to the Tribunal, seeking fairer and more equitable fees for all NSW councillors. More information is available through the Tribunal.
Councils must make provision to pay for councillors’ expenses. The Guidelines (PDF, 206KB) for the payment of expenses and provision of facilities for Mayors and councillors in NSW can be downloaded at the Division of Local Government.
Model Code of Conduct
The Model Code of Conduct (PDF, 382KB) (Model Code) for Local Councils in NSW is prescribed by regulation and sets the minimum standards of conduct for council officials in carrying out their functions. The Guidelines (PDF, 181KB) to the Model Code contain interpretive information and suggestions to assist councils to develop their own codes of conduct.
The Division of Local Government is currently undertaking a review of the Model Code (PDF, 234KB).