Local government elections

The NSW Government announced a new date for the local government elections. The date is Saturday 4 December 2021. 

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. 

Voting by post

You may be able to vote by post. Check the criteria and apply online from Tuesday 26 October

Postal vote applications must be completed and received by 5pm, Monday 29 November.

For more information visit NSW Electoral Commission website or call 1300 135 736.

Voting online

Vote online using the NSW Electoral Commission's voting platform, iVote. Register online or call 1300 24 86 83.

Applications open 9am, Monday 22 November and close at 1pm, Saturday 4 December. If the 1pm deadline is missed, iVote cannot be used to vote on the afternoon of election day. 

Voting using iVote closes at 6pm, Saturday 4 December

Voting early in person

Pre-poll, early voting begins on Monday 22 November and ends on Friday 3 December.

Voting on election day

Polling places will be open from 8am to 6pm on Saturday 4 December. You can only vote at polling places set up for your council area.

Visit the NSW Electoral Commission website and enter your address to find out where you can vote.

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.