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Local Government Elections

NSW Local Government elections will be held Saturday, 4 September 2021.

If you are passionate about what happens in your local community becoming a councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents.

Information for Potential Candidates

If you are passionate about what happens in your local community becoming a councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents. Councils are responsible for making significant decisions that have a far-reaching impact on their community.

The Office of Local Government has lots of information on becoming a Councillor and has developed a web-page specifically aimed at those persons considering running for Council. The web-page "Become a Councillor" contains a number of useful resources that will assist candidates in preparing for the elections.

For more detailed information on how to nominate and register as a candidate, election campaign finances as well as your funding and disclosure obligations, you can visit the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) website The NSWEC provides support and assistance to candidates to help them understand their legal obligations regarding political donations and electoral expenditure.

Returning Officer

The Returning Officer's (RO'S) Office for the Griffith Local Government Area is to be confirmed by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Resources for Potential Candidates

Information for Candidates
Stand for Your Community - Guide Book
Stand for Your Community – A Guide for Women
Stand for your community – A guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Stand for your community – A guide for culturally and linguistically diverse people
Your Obligations as a Councillor
Code of Conduct
Code of Meeting Practice
Standards of Conduct for Council Officials
Election of Women to Local Government – Brochure 

Key Dates

Date Event
28 June 2021 Nominations open online.
1 July 2021 Capped expenditure period opens.
26 July 2021 Postal vote applications open. Close of electoral rolls. Candidate nominations open.
4 August 2021 Close of candidate nominations 12 noon. Registration of electoral material commences.
6 August 2021 Caretaker period commences.
23 August 2021 Pre-poll voting opens.
27 August 2021 Registration of electoral material closes.
30 August 2021 Postal vote appliations close.
3 September 2021 Pre-poll voting closes.
4 September 2021 Election day.
6 September 2021 Return of postal votes closes.
From 7 September 2021 Results declared progressively as counts finalised.


Candidate Information Sessions

Council will be running a number of Information Sessions for potential candidates in the lead up to the next Local Government Election. Find out what it’s like to be a Councillor and how to go about the process and have the opportunity to speak with Councillors.

SESSION ONE - Saturday, 15 May 2021

An Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA) Candidate Information Session is to be held in the Council Chambers, Saturday 15 May 2021. Visit the ALGWA website for more information. This is a free event and tickets can be booked online through Eventbrite. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

SESSION TWO - Thursday, 3 June 2021

Council will be hosting a Candidate Information Session via Zoom on Thursday 3 June 2021 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The session will include the following topics:

  • the role of council

  • roles and responsibilities of Councillors and staff under the Local Government Act

  • legal and ethical responsibilities of the Mayor and Councillors

  • skills and knowledge personal attributes needed to be a Councillor

  • time commitment required of a Mayor and Councillor

  • support available to assist the Mayor and Councillors in their roles

  • key election dates and obligations.

The session will be facilitated by Emma Broomfield, Founder & Chief Educator at Locale Learning.  This is a free event. Please register on Eventbrite to receive your Zoom link and information pack following the session. 

If you would like more information please contact Council's Governance Manager, Leanne Austin, on (02) 69628186.

NSW Electoral Commission Candidate Information Sessions

A series of online candidate inforation sessions will be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission in the lead up to the 2021 NSw Local Government Elections.

Time / Date Subject Registration Link
Tuesday 27 April 2021 11am Candidate Information Register here
Thursday 29 April 2021
Candidate Information (repeated) Register here
Tuesday 11 May 2021 
Election funding and disclosure Available soon

Voter Information

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