ALGWA SA has continued to run regional information sessions since 2006 to encourage potential female candidates and provide resources during a Council Election year to encourage more women to stand for council.
These workshops are provided by ALGWA SA Committee members and its network of existing women councillors throughout the State and liaising with Councils and the Local Government Association.
ALGWA SA has published online resources for women candidates including Taking Up The Challenge (March 2007); Getting Elected-Women Can booklet (2014) and in 2018.
During May and June 2018, ALGWA SA organised eight Getting Elected Women Can regional sessions at Port Augusta, Burra and the Coorong in the country and the metropolitan ones at Campbelltown, Brighton, Gawler, Noarlunga and Woodville with over 100 potential women candidates attending with many in the younger age bracket.
Record number of women elected South Australia had a record number of women mayors elected as well as a record number of women elected in the 2018 council elections.
The female vote was increased from 28.6% in 2014 to 35% in 2018 (the highest female representation in South Australia history). Elected female mayors increased from 13.7% in 2014 to 42.3% in 2018.
The United Nations defines 30% as the minimal percentage of women required for government to reflect women’s concerns. ALGWA SA was pleased with the result.