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2016 Local Government Elections

The Local Government Elections were held on Saturday September 10, 2016. To find out about your elected representatives, please click here


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NSW Local Government Elections

The 2016 Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday September 10.

Pre-polling will be available from 29 August through until 9 September at 12b Kooyoo Street Griffith.

The Returning Officer is Jan Mitchell.

Local Government Elections - New Rules

If you are a candidate, a political party, or, third-party campaigner participating in a Local Council election you need to understand the new rules.

In fact, it’s your legal obligation to follow them from 1 July 2016.

There are three main changes effecting those participating in the upcoming Local Council Elections: 

Caps on political donations. Effective 1 July, the caps are $5,900 for any political donation for the benefit of a registered party or a group, and $2,600 for any political donation for the benefit of an unregistered party, elected member, candidate or third-party campaigner. More information  

Regulation of third-party campaigners. Individuals and entities that incur more than $2,000 in electoral communication expenditure during the Local Government expenditure period for a Local Council election must be registered with the NSWEC and appoint an official agent. More information  

Political parties to keep a campaign account. Political parties that incur electoral expenditure for a Local Council election must keep a campaign account. More information  

Don’t forget – candidates must first register before accepting political donations or incurring electoral expenditure. More information  

For more information go to www.elections.nsw.gov.au/fd If you would like further help or advice call 1300 022 011 or email fdc@elections.nsw.gov.au

Fact Sheet - Click here to download the full fact sheet on the changes to the rules.
 

Candidate Information Session

Local Government NSW and Griffith City Council will be holding a Candidate Information Session in preparation for the 2016 Local Council Elections at Griffith City Council Chambers, on Tuesday August 2, commencing at 7pm.

This information session will enable those interested in becoming a councillor to gain a better understanding of the role and responsibilities as an elected member of council.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

• Identify the key requirements of becoming a councillor
• Recognise how the councillor role fits in with other roles and various levels of government
• Address key expectations and potential challenges in becoming a councillor
• Know how the councillor role fits in with the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework
• Understand key elements of council meetings, including code of conduct and conflict of interest.

No RSVP required.

Downloads

2016 Local Government Elections - Claim for inclusion on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land or the roll of occupiers and rate paying lessees - Nomination
2016 Local Government Elections - Claim for inclusion on the roll of non-residential owners of rateable land or the roll of occupiers and rate paying lessees - Individual Claim
Election Calendar
Handbook for Parties, Groups, Candidates and Scrutineers
Stand for Your Community - Guide Book
Your Obligations as a Councillor
Key Messages for Councillors and Mayors - Model Code of Conduct
Standards of Conduct for Council Officials
 

Links

Vote NSW
Office of Local Government