Why is this important?
Councils that reflect a community’s diversity are more responsive to that community.
Over recent years some councils have been encouraging a greater diversity in the candidates who stand for election, including people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, women and Aboriginal people.
Aboriginal people may become more engaged in council and council elections if an Aboriginal person chooses to stand as candidate in an election. Aboriginal councillors have an opportunity to represent the needs and views of their community, and to provide a diverse perspective on issues that come before council. This strengthens the council and the community.
What can your council do?
Councils can actively promote Aboriginal people to stand for council by:
- circulating upcoming council election information to local Aboriginal organisations
- inviting Aboriginal people to participate in information sessions about standing for council elections
- hold information sessions with local Aboriginal organisations.
Last Updated: July 2, 2015 at 1:46 am