Your Team

Once you have decided to give it a go, start thinking about who your campaign team can be. Being a candidate, and running a campaign, is not a job for just one person.

You will find that many people are pleased to be offered a role in a campaign they support.

Find out more about how to form a campaign team

Every woman candidate will benefit from having a campaign mentor or a critical friend.Mentoring is when a more experienced or knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or knowledgeable person to learn and develop.


A critical friend is a trusted person who asks provocative questions, provides data to be examined through another lens, and offers critiques of a the work as a friend or ally.

Whether you prefer a mentor or a critical friend, you can find them informally through your networks (friend, family member, experienced campaign supporter etc) or someone you particularly ask. As it can be an important relationship, it’s important to know what you are looking for and what they need too.

A Guide to finding a mentor is a good start. If you prefer the idea of a critical friend, you can use a similar approach.

The ALGWA (Australian Local Government Women’s Association) may be able to assist you in finding an experienced mentor in the lead up to the 2016 elections.