Council Elections

1. Overview

The next NSW Local Government elections are scheduled to be held on Saturday 14 September 2024

Find out about how to enroll to vote, get forms to vote as a non-residential and information for anyone considering running for Council.

Voting is compulsory. You are eligible to vote if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • 18 years or older
  • living in NSW.

Visit the NSW Electoral Commission website to check:

You can also call them on 1300 135 736.

2. Non-Residential Rolls

The non-residential rolls provide non-resident owners, occupiers and rate-paying lessees of rateable land within the Byron Shire area an opportunity to have a say in who is elected to Council.

Application forms

For individual owners, occupiers and ratepaying lessees:

For nomination of an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees:

How to submit your form

To be included on the Non-Residential Roll, Application forms must be received by Byron Shire Council before 6pm, Monday 5 August 2024.

  • By post:  Byron Shire Council, PO Box 219, Mullumbimby NSW 2482
  • In person:  Byron Shire Council, 70 Station Street, Mullumbimby (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm)
  • By email:

For more information on Non-Residential Rolls, please visit NSW Electoral Commission's Non-residential enrolment website page.

3. Considering running for Council?

Being a Councillor is an opportunity to make a difference in your community and represent the interests of the residents around you.

Nominations to run open at 8am on Monday, 5 August 2024

Candidates are advised to closely monitor the NSW Electoral Commission website and social media channels for updates on the election.

4. Briefing sessions for prospective candidates

In partnership with Ballina Shire Council, we will provide the following briefing sessions for prospective candidates to gain a better understanding of the role of Councillor.

To attend one of these sessions, please register your interest using the online form.This is not a register for candidacy.

  • Monday 22 July 2024, 6pm to 9pm: Ballina Indoor Sports Centre, Meeting Rooms
  • Tuesday 23 July 2024, 6pm to 9pm: Byron Shire Council Chambers, 70 Station Street, Mullumbimby.

5. More information about becoming a Councillor

We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with wide-ranging skillsets to nominate.

Online candidate information tool

The Office of Local Government has launched an online candidate information tool designed to equip candidates with an understanding of their role and responsibilities.

Legal obligations

The NSW Electoral Commission provides support to help candidates understand their legal obligations regarding political donations and electoral expenditure.   

Please call the NSW Electoral Commission on1300 022 011 for:

  • Political party and candidate enquiries.
  • Third party campaigner enquiries.
  • Political donor enquiries.

Council has engaged the NSW Electoral Commission to conduct the election. This was decided at the 23 February 2023 Ordinary Council Meeting.

View the Minutes from the Council Meeting.

6. Election results 2021

The previous NSW local government elections were held on Saturday 4 December 2021.

You can see who was elected here:  Meet our Mayor and Councillors

For more details about the election visit the NSW Electoral Commission website

Conduct of Election

Local Government elections and by-elections are conducted in a legal environment in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005.

The NSW Electoral Commission is contracted by Council to conduct the election on our behalf. The Commission appoints a Returning Officer to administer the election process.  

An independent Returning Officer is appointed by the NSWEC to each council area to conduct the election on behalf of and under the direction of the Electoral Commissioner.

The Electoral Commissioner appoints the polling places for council elections and the Returning Officer appoints the election officials.

Each council is required by law to meet the costs of the conduct of its election.  The NSWEC works with each council to establish agreed service levels. 

Funding and Disclosures

Local government candidates and councillors are required to make disclosures to the NSW Electoral Commission for political donations and electoral expenditure.

View copies of the disclosures on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

7. Contact