Local government elections

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

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

If you are an Australian citizen, 18 years or older, and live in NSW you can enroll to vote at NSW Local Government elections.

Voting is compulsory. Check if and where you are enrolled to vote on 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.