Local Government Elections

NSW Local Government elections will be held Saturday, 4 December 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.

Thinking of nominating as a candidate for your local council?

If you’re considering nominating as a candidate for the 2021 NSW Local Government elections, you should read the below information. It provides general guidance about the process of nominating, and candidates’ obligations and responsibilities. Prospective candidates should seek their own independent legal advice if they are unsure whether they are eligible to run for public office in a local council or how the law applies to their specific circumstances.

Returning Officer

The Returning Officer is available to assist prospective candidates. 

Returning Officer: Jane Moxon
Tel: 0407 752 603

The Returning Office will be open from Monday 25 October 2021. Operating hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Returning Office Address: Unit 8/16-24 Whybrow Street GRIFFITH NSW 2680

Tel: 0428 812 041
Tel: 0417 450 763
Tel: 0407 570 614
Tel: 0408 110 384

Electoral Commission hotline: Tel 1300 135 736.

Nominate as a Mayor or Councillor

To nominate as a Mayor or Councillor you must lodge a nomination form, either by delivering it to the Returning Officer or by using the Electoral Commission’s online nomination system. Nominating incorporates the following:
  • Part A – Candidate details
  • Part B – Nominator details
  • Part C - Candidate information sheet
  • Part D – Statistical information sheet and
  • A nomination deposit.

Grouping of Councillor candidates on the ballot paper

Two or more Councillor candidates may form a group on the ballot paper, and where eligible, request a group voting square (box above the line) be printed on the ballot paper for the group. In addition to lodging the nomination form listed above, these candidates must also lodge a Request to form a group form.

Nomination deposit

All candidates must pay a nomination deposit of $125 each to the NSW Electoral Commission. Where candidates also lodge a Request to form a group, the deposit is capped at $625 for a group of five candidates or more. If using the online nominations system, the deposit must be paid by either MasterCard or VISA. If using paper nomination forms, the nomination deposit must be paid by cash or bank or building society cheque.

Start your nomination now

The NSW Electoral Commission’s online nominations system is now available at elections.nsw.gov.au You can start the process of nominating online now.

Alternatively, paper nomination forms are available by calling the Commission’s candidate helpdesk on 1300 022 011.

Lodge your nomination

Nominations can be lodged online from Monday 25 October 2021 and close 12 noon, Wednesday 3 November 2021. Late nominations will not be accepted. However, if using paper nomination forms, you must lodge your nomination and deposit with the Returning Officer for the council area in which you intend to stand as a candidate. Returning Officer office locations can be found at elections.nsw.gov.au/lge21

Registration for electoral funding purposes

NSW has strict laws that regulate the election campaign finances of political parties, candidates and groups at the election. These include requirements to operate a campaign account, and to record and disclose political donations and electoral expenditure. In addition, there are caps on political donations and electoral expenditure. Prior to being nominated, candidates and groups can separately apply to the NSW Electoral Commission to be registered for electoral funding regulation purposes. Only once successfully registered is a candidate or group allowed to accept political donations and pay for electoral expenditure. Forms for applying to be registered as a candidate or group are available on the Commission’s website. Online registration is also now available.

To learn more go to elections.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-disclosure. Enquiries about being registered and the laws that apply to political donations and electoral expenditure should be sent to fdc@elections.nsw.gov.au

Candidate Handbook and webinars

A Candidate Handbook is available on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website. Educational webinars which assist candidates in navigating the process are also available.

Ballot paper draw

A draw to determine the order of groups (where applicable) and candidate names on the ballot paper will be conducted at the office of the relevant Returning Officer. The ballot paper draw may be observed in person by candidates, representatives of registered political parties and the media, subject to the capacity of the Returning Officer’s office and COVID-19 safety measures. Attendees will be required to register their attendance via the Service NSW app and to comply with physical distancing requirements. Attendees may also be required to wear a face mask.

Further information:

If you are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment, please contact the NSW Electoral Commission through the National Relay Service (NRS). Choose your access option and ask for 1300 135 736.

If you need an interpreter, please call TIS National on 131 450 and ask them to call the NSW Electoral Commission on 1300 135 736.

Resources for Potential Candidates

Councillor Handbook 2021
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 
The Office of Local Government
Pre-Election Guide 2021

Key Dates

Date Event
25 October 2021 Close of electoral rolls - 6 pm.
25 October 2021 Candidate nominations open online.
3 November 2021 Close of candidate nominations - 12 pm.
3 November 2021 Registration of electoral material commences.
5 November 2021 Caretaker period commences.
22 November 2021 Pre-poll voting opens.
26 November 2021 Registration of electoral material closes - 5 pm.
27 November 2021 Declared institution voting commences.
29 November 2021 Postal vote applications close - 5 pm.
3 December 2021 Declared institution voting closes - 6 pm.
3 December 2021 Pre-poll voting closes - 6 pm.
4 December 2021 Election day 8 am - 6 pm.
17 December 2021 Return of postal votes closes - 6 pm.
21-23 December 2021 Results declared 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 was held Saturday 15 May 2021. The recording for the Forum is available on Council's Facebook page.

SESSION TWO - Thursday, 3 June 2021

Council hosted a Candidate Information Session via Zoom on Thursday 3 June 2021 facilitated by Emma Broomfield, Founder & Chief Educator at Locale Learning.  

SESSION THREE - Thursday, 15 July 2021

Council hosted a Candidate Information Session on Thursday 15 July 2021. If you would like a copy of this presentation please contact Council's Governance Manager, Leanne Austin, on (02) 6962 8186.

NSW Electoral Commission Candidate Information Sessions

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

  • 11 May - Election funding and disclosure
  • 2 September - Candidate information
  • 16 September – General information
  • 28 September – Nominations
  • 11:00am, Thursday 28 October – Registration of electoral material (also known as how-to-vote material)
  • 11:00am, Monday 8 November – iVote explained
  • 11:00am, Thursday 18 November – Early voting and election day voting
  • 11:00am, Tuesday 30 November – Candidate workers, scrutineers, counting and results
Click here to register for the above information sessions / watch past sessions.

OLG Election Webinar

Click here to view the OLG Election Slideshow.

NSW Electoral Commission Bulletin Updates

Click here to view. 

Non-resident ratepayers voting information

Non-residents of Griffith City Council are permitted to enrol and vote in the September 2021 local government elections if they meet eligibility criteria and supply the necessary information to Griffith City Council.  The non-residential rolls provide people who are non-resident owners, occupiers and rate-paying lessees of rateable land within the Council area an opportunity to have a say who is elected to Council. Non-residential rolls are prepared and certified by Council's General Manager, and the NSW Electoral Commissioner must confirm that the voters listed are eligible for enrolment on the non-residential roll. You must be eligible to vote at Federal or State elections to be on a non-residential roll.

To be on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land, you must be:

  • the sole owner of the rateable land, or

  • nominated as the elector by the joint or several owners of the rateable land, or

  • nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who own the rateable land, or

  • the lessee of the land from the Crown and the land is rateable Crown land.

To be on the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees, you must be:

  • the sole occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land, or

  • nominated as the elector by the joint or several occupiers or ratepaying lessees of the rateable land, or

  • nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who occupy or are the ratepaying lessee of the rateable land, and have the legal right to occupy the land, or be responsible for paying all or part of the rates on the land for 3 years following the date you apply to be on the roll.

Click here to access the form for individual owners, occupiers and ratepaying lessees
Click here to access the form for nomination of an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees

Applications for Non-Residential rolls are to be completed, addressed to the General Manager, and received by the Griffith City Council by 6 pm, Monday 25 October 2021. No late submission of an enrolment form will be accepted.
Applications may be returned by the following methods:

  • By Post at PO Box 485 GRIFFITH NSW 2680
  • By Hand at 1 Benerembah Street GRIFFITH NSW 2680
  • By Email at admin@griffith.nsw.gov.au

Click here for more information about Non-residential rolls.

Voter Information

To find out how to vote or how to register to vote, please click here:   

Pre-poll Venues

Pre-poll voting will commence 22 November 2021 to 3 December 2021 at the following locations:

Griffith Community Centre at 1 Olympic Street Griffith
Griffith Local Aboriginal Lands Council at 5 Wiradjuri Place Griffith

Work at an Election

The NSW Electoral Commission offer opportunities to work at state and local government elections. For further information click here and to register your interest click here.

Griffith City Council Websites