Candidates are people who contest an election and whose names appear on the ballot paper. To become a candidate, a person must nominate.

Pre-recorded candidate seminars are available for anyone considering becoming a candidate. The seminars explain the legal obligations and responsibilities that prospective candidates should be aware of. Even if you have stood for election in the past you should view the seminar as rules and requirements for candidates can change over time. The seminars are available for viewing on the Candidate Information page for each election event.

If you have any doubts about your eligibility to stand for election or to hold civic office, you should seek your own legal advice.

For a political party to contest a State or Local Government election, it needs to have been registered with the New South Wales Electoral Commission for a year prior to the close of nominations for that election.