Council Elections 2021

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The NSW Government has announced a new date for the Local Government Elections to occur. This has been set for Saturday, 4 December 2021.

Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock said the decision has been made after extensive consultation with and on advice from the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health due to the COVID-19 situation.

Councillors are elected for a four year term, held on the second Saturday in September every four years. The postponement of 2020 Local Government elections to 4 December 2021, will not effect the schedule of subsequent council elections. After December 2021 elections, the next Local Government election will take place in September 2024.

All residents are encouraged to check their enrolment details prior to the election date by calling the NSW Electoral Commission on 1300 135 736 or by visiting their website.

Key Dates

1 July 2021

• Capped expenditure period commences.

24 July 2021

• New December 4 election date appointed by NSW Government. Registrations under Electoral Funding Act 2018 for the new date continue, including online at FDOnline.

22 September 2021

• Last day to lodge annual electoral expenditure disclosures for 2020/21.

25 October 2021

• Candidate Nominations open

• Start of regulated period for electoral material.

• Close of Electoral Rolls (6.00 pm)

26 October 2021

• Postal Vote Applications opens

3 November 2021

• Close of Nominations and close of Registration of candidates and groups (12.00 noon)

• Registration of Electoral Material (how-to-vote) opens

4 November 2021

• Conduct of ballot paper draw (10.00 am)

5 November 2021

• Council caretaker period commences

22 November 2021

• Pre-poll voting period commences

• iVote applications and voting opens

26 November 2021

• Close of registration of electoral material (5.00 pm)

• Close of registration for third-party campaigners

29 November 2021

• Postal Vote applications close (5.00 pm)

3 December 2021

• Pre-poll voting closes

• Declared Institutions visits end

4 December 2021

• Election Day (8.00 am to 6.00 pm)

• Close of capped expenditure period.

• iVote voting closes (6.00 pm)

17 December 2021

• Return of Postal votes closes (6.00 pm)

21 December 2021

• Results are declared progressively as counts are finalised by the election manager.