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Stand for Council - Whats in it for me?

Dr Katrena Stephenson CEO, Local Government Association Tasmania

Being a councillor is a substantial commitment, but there are substantial rewards - many councillors report very high satisfaction levels of personal satisfaction.

Councillors work in an exciting political space, involving media, public opinion and public scrutiny. It is a world where important ideas are debated, and decisions made, on how to best spend community money for greatest community good. 

There are great learning opportunities in being a councillor:

  • through performing the role;
  • learning from others; and
  •  formal professional development.

Councillors are not paid a wage but they are paid an allowance in recognition of the time and effort required to be a councillor. The Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Local Government Division can give you the rates paid by specific councils in their Councillor Allowances document. 

Councillors are also entitled to reimbursement of some expenses, like:

  • telephone;
  • travel; and
  • child care.

Reimbursements are a matter of individual council policy, and you should contact the council relevant to you on the general inquiries phone numbers or emails, which we have listed here.  

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