Any person wanting to become a candidate for a Local Government election must lodge a correctly completed nomination form after the date of the notice inviting nominations and before the close of nominations.
The notice inviting nominations publicises the election date and when the election rolls and nominations close on specified dates.
The declaration of nominations takes place after nominations close (the day after in a general election, the same day for a by-election). If more candidates are nominated than there are vacancies, an election must be held and the draw for positions on ballot papers then takes place.
Vacancies exist for an elected principle member (all municipal councils and some regional councils) and/or for ‘ordinary’ council members.
A candidate must be on the electoral roll for an address within the council area. There are other eligibility criteria, which are detailed in the Candidate Handbook
The candidate must be nominated by at least three other persons eligible to vote at the election.
- If the candidate is standing for principal member or for an ordinary council member position in a council which is not divided into wards, the nominees must be enrolled for an address within the council area, and
- If the candidate is standing for an ordinary council member position in a council which is divided into wards, the nominees must be enrolled for an address within the ward for which the candidate is standing.
Correctly completed nomination forms must be lodged after the date of the notice inviting nominations and before the close of nominations. Forms must be lodged at the office of the Commissioner in Darwin or Alice Springs or the office of a delegated officer in regional centres (general elections only).
A vertical portrait photograph of the head and shoulders of the candidate, taken within the last six months, must be submitted with the nomination form. The photograph must be endorsed on the back to certify it was taken in the last six months.
No deposit is required from candidates for Local Government elections.
Campaign funding and disclosure
There is no legislative provision for funding for local government campaigns and no requirement to disclose campaign expenditure or donations received.
Candidates may appoint persons to act as observers on their behalf during election day and the count of ballot papers.
A basic introduction to the requirements for campaigning
e.g. authorisation of campaign material and electoral matter and the responsibilities of electronic broadcasters, newspapers, candidates and campaign managers are provided in the candidates and parties
section of the website.
Forms and publications
The following publications are available from this site: