Local Government Elections

The last Local Government elections were held on Saturday, 10 September 2016. The next Local Government elections are scheduled to take place in September 2020.

For further information regarding Local Government elections, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.

2016 Local Government election results

The electoral process

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 (NSWEC) is responsible for the conduct of all Local Government elections to ensure that the elections are conducted independently and impartially. 

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.

State and Federal Elections