Frequently asked questions about elections

When will elections for new councils be held?

Elections for the 20 new councils created in 2016, including Federation Council will be held on Saturday 9 September 2017.

How long will councillors for new councils be elected for?

Successful candidates at this year’s local council elections will be elected for three years. The next local council elections for all new and existing councils will be held in 2020.

Who will administer these elections for new councils?

The NSW Electoral Commission will conduct these elections for new councils. It ensures elections are conducted in an independent, fair and impartial way.

Where can I get more information about local council elections?

For more information about registration, nomination, voting and other election processes go to the NSW Electoral Commission website at