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Local Government Elections 2021

The NSW Government announced a new date for the local government elections has been set for Saturday 4 December 2021 for the election of councillors. 

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 4th September 2021, will not effect the schedule of subsequent council elections. After September 2021 elections, the next Local Government election will take place in September 2024.

Visit the NSW Electoral Commission website for more information on elections:

Want to become a candidate?

These are the six steps to being a candidate at the election.
  • Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the election processes and your legal obligations
  • Step 2: Register as a candidate or group to start campaigning
  • Step 3: Manage and record your campaign finances throughout the entire election period
  • Step 4: Candidate nominations
  • Step 5: Registration of electoral material (“how to vote”) to distribute on election day
  • Step 6: Disclose political donations and electoral expenditure

Election Calendar
Election Bulletins
Candidate Webinar Video Recordings
Caddidate Handbook
Key Election Dates

Pre & Post Election Workshops now available!

Local Government NSW is best positioned to provide the very best local government pre and post election professional development workshops for potential councillors and those seeking re-election. All sessions and workshops are delivered by experienced, highly qualified, local government facilitators.
The workshops will enable your council to better inform and prepare potential candidates to fully understand the role and responsibilities of a councillor and enhance councillors’ ability to carry out their role to the highest standard.

Pre-election Training
Pre-election candidate information session(s) – 2 hr session

Post-election Training
Workshop 1 - Elected Life – Newly elected Councillors - 1 day workshop
Workshop 2 - Elected Life – Newly elected Councillors  – 2 day workshop
Workshop 3 - Refresher Elected Life – Returning Elected Councillors – 1 day workshop


Refer FAQs for candidates and groups

Contact NSW Electoral Commission in writing

Phone 1300 022 011 (during business hours)

Additional Information

New South Wales Public Libraries Association (NSWPLA) has produced an information booklet for distribution to prospective and existing Councillors. NSWPLA is the peak body for public libraries across NSW providing advocacy, network opportunities and professional development.  It is the only state based library association in Australia that includes councillors on its executive committee. The NSWPLA Information Booklet provides an insight to the importance of library facilities and the plethora of services they provide for our communities.   

NSWPLA Information Booklet

Expression of interest now open

People who would like to work at the September local government elections can now submit an application through our ‘expression of interest’ website, to work at the local council elections on Saturday 4 September 2021.

LGE21 expression of interest website
If you are interested in working at the election you should complete your application online as soon as possible.
Anyone who has worked previously will still need to register again and create a new login, as previous login details are no longer valid.

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