Local government elections

1. Overview

The date for the next Local Government election of councillors is the second Saturday in September 2020. 

Visit the NSW Electoral Commission for information.

Results from 2016 Election

View the results for Mayor

View the results for Councillors

2. Conduct of Election

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

For the last Local Government election, Byron Shire Council and Ballina Shire Council shared a Returning Officer, who was based in Ballina. 

3. The electoral process

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 (NSWEC) is responsible for the conduct of all Local Government elections to ensure that the elections are conducted independently and impartially. 

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.

4. Non-residential roll

You are eligible to vote as a non-resident in the council area if you are:

  • an owner of rateable land in the council area 
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the area

Non-residential rolls are prepared and certified by the General Manager, and the NSW Electoral Commissioner must confirm that the voters listed are eligible for enrolment on the non-residential roll.  However, you are responsible for checking that you are eligible for inclusion in the non-residential roll for a council when you make an application.  We recommend you get independent advice if you are unsure about whether you are eligible to apply or not.

You can apply to be included on the non-residential roll by contacting Council.  Applications will be open for a number of weeks leading up to the next local government elections in September 2020.  Application forms will be available from this website once enrolment is open and it is anticipated that the time for application will close on or around 1 August 2020 (date yet to be set by the Commissioner).  The opening and closing dates for application will be advertised by the NSW Electoral Commissioner in the local media and will be listed on this webpage once known.

Applications are not currently open.

5. Funding and Disclosures

Local government candidates and councillors are required to make disclosures to the NSW Electoral Commission for political donations and electoral expenditure.  Copies of the disclosures are published on the NSW Electoral Commission website at this location

6. State and Federal elections