Ban property developers from Local Councils


A NSW Labor Government will legislate to ban property developers and real estate agents from holding office at a local government level.

Property developers and real estate agents are legitimate professions in our communities, but if they also sit on local councils the possibility of a conflict of interest is just too great.

This potential for a conflict of interest has already recognised by the Parliament when it banned election donations by property developers and their ‘close associates.’

In government, NSW Labor will introduce legislation that disqualifies property developers and real estate agents from holding the office of councillor or mayor of a local council or, in the case of a county council, the office of chairperson or member.

This is part of NSW Labor’s plan to stamp out corruption or the perception of corruption in local government decision making.

NSW Labor’s plan for local government reform includes:

  • Banning property developers and real estate agents from holding office at the local government level;
  • A cap on both political donations and campaign spending during council elections, with state level caps to serve as a starting point for the re-examination of caps on ward level expenditure; and
  • Ending the ‘two votes for business’ electoral rort in the City of Sydney, and stopping it being extended to other council areas.