Gunnedah Shire Council will write to the Office of Local Government to ask for councillors be paid superannuation.
At Wednesday's meeting in Curlewis, Cr Murray O'Keefe moved that councillors support the amendment of the NSW Local Government Act 1993 so that councils must pay an amount equivalent to the superannuation guarantee into a complying superannuation fund, in addition to the payment of the mayor's and councillors' fees.
Cr O'Keefe backed this change because he believes "for the most part, for most other activities, we're treated as an employee of the council".
"Councillors act in the exact same manner as if we were an employee of the council," he said.
"Essentially, we are employees of the community acting in the capacity of councillors and I don't believe we should be treated any differently."
Cr Luke supported the motion but said "I wouldn't exactly call us employees".
"We're not employees but we do work very hard for the organisation. It's a very low hourly rate for the time and effort that we actually do put into local government," she said.
"I think we perform probably more functions than some of those towns or areas rated as urban or alike and I think this might flatten out that discrepancy somewhat in the remuneration of councillors and encourage more people in the community to come forward and represent their community in local government."
Cr O'Keefe also moved that they back the Country Mayors Association's resolution to write to the chief executive and board chair of Local Government Superannuation to seek a two year moratorium on these "additional contributions" for the defined benefit plan to allow NSW councils to focus on natural disasters that need to be managed and funded.
Cr Gae Swain asked for the motion to be split into two parts and then proceeded to vote against the amendment of the Local Government Act, but voted for the two-year moratorium on payments.
Councillors Jamie Chaffey, Colleen Fuller and Owen Hasler were not present at the meeting.