Would you like to take a stand for animals and run as an AJP NSW Candidate in the NSW Local Government Council Elections 2017

Calling for AJP NSW Council Election Candidates

The Animal Justice Party (AJP) NSW is now calling for suitable AJP NSW candidates to run in the 2017 NSW council elections. We are also seeking volunteers to support AJP NSW candidates, and our AJP NSW council election campaign.

All election candidates for the AJP NSW need to be endorsed by our national committee. This also enables us to determine what supports we need to provide for our candidates.

Interested parties can email Carol on nsw.deputyconvenor@animaljusticeparty.org to obtain an Application For Candidacy form and a Pre-selection Probity Declaration form. These forms need to be completed and returned to us no later than 21 July.


What is involved in being a Councillor ?

Taking on the role of a councillor is a very important responsibility, It requires a big commitment in terms of time, energy and lots of after-hours meetings. Councillors are responsible to all in their community for a four (4) year term. In the case of merged council areas, this may require investing significant time in getting to know expanded local areas and becoming familiar with new and emerging issues.

What is an essential first step, is understanding the role and responsibilities involved with being a councillor. This guide produced by the NSW Office of Local Government provides some insight:

Becoming a councillor



Is my council having an election?



Am I enrolled to vote or run as a candidate ?




The 6 steps to being a candidate (and forming a group of candidates) at the 2017 NSW Local Council elections:

Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the election processes and your legal obligations


Step 2: Register as a candidate or group and appoint an official agent


Step 3: Manage your campaign finances throughout the entire election period


Step 4: Nominate as a candidate


Step 5: Register electoral material (how to votes) to distribute on election day


Step 6: Disclose political donations and electoral expenditure to the NSWEC



For anyone considering nominating, there are a number of resources available online. Nominations open on 31 July and close at noon, 9 August.  Forms and candidate information kits are available at the NSW Electoral Commission website www.votensw.info