Mayor & Councillors

Council is made up of twelve Councillors and the Mayor. The twelve Councillors each represent one of the four Wards that make up Willoughby, while the Mayor represents all the Wards.

Councillors are voted in by the local community every four years to represent them on local public issues. The four Wards of the City can be seen on the  Ward Boundaries Map.

The last Council elections were held in September 2012. The Mayor was popularly elected by the voters for a four-year term. The Deputy-Mayor is elected every twelve months by the Councillors.

Councillors are not paid for the job that they do; many Councillors have a full-time job on top of being an elected member. However, they do receive an allowance. The allowance amount is determined each year by Councillors, though it must be between the limits set by the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal.

Becoming a Councillor

The Division of Local Government, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, in cooperation with the Local Government Association of NSW and the Shires Association of NSW, has prepared a publication about becoming a councillor:

pdf format Becoming a Councillor includes information about suitability for the role, what local government does, support for councillors, and getting elected.

Political Donations and Electoral Expenditures

Political donations or electoral expenditure of $1000 or more must be disclosed. Read more about how to declare donations and expenditures.

Election Funding and Political Donation Disclosure Returns

The Election Funding and Disclosures Act requires councillors to lodge election funding and political disclosure declarations every 6 months.

Copies of election funding and political donations declarations are published on the Election Funding Authority's website

For more information on election funding and political donations, please contact the Election Funding Authority on 1300 135 736 or email to