Council Elections

The next Local Government Election is scheduled to be held on Saturday 14 September 2024.

On 18 May 2022 Council resolved to engage the NSW Electoral Commissioner to administer any elections, polls or referenda for Council at the 2024 Local Government Elections. 

This page will be updated with further information as we near the elections. 

More information can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission Website

Non-Residential Roll Applications:
- Form 1 (Individuals)(PDF, 196KB)
- Form 2 (Nominee Application)(PDF, 188KB)
For further information about non-residential rolls, please visit the 2024 NSW Local Government Elections website

Candidate nominations: 

To find out more about being nominated as a candidate or group of candidates visit the NSWEC website.

Register to start campaigning:

Find out more about registering as a candidate or group of candidates here

ALGWA Election Forum:

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) will host a forum in Bathurst for women interested in standing for Council in this year’s local government elections.

The ALGWA NSW executive members will share their knowledge and experience to support women attendees.

The forum will be held on from 2pm – 5pm on Saturday 29 June 2024 at the Council Chamber in Russell Street.

To register call 6333 6205.

Pre-election candidate information sessions & webinars:

The NSW Electoral Commission is hosting a series of webinars for election participants will also be held in the lead-up to the elections, commencing in May 2024.
Below you will find a list of each candidate webinar topic and date/time:

 Webinar Topic  Time/Date  Registration Link 
 Election funding, disclosures and compliance:   TBC  TBC
 Nominations:  11am Thursday, 27 June 2024   Register here
 Third-party campaigners:  TBC  TBC
 Electoral material, compliance and voting:  11am Tuesday, 6 August 2024  Register here
 Candidate workers and scrutineers:  11am Tuesday, 20 August 2024  Register here
 Counting and results:  11am Tuesday, 10 September 2024  Register here
 Post-election disclosure obligations:  11am Tuesday, 15 October 2024  Register here

 

Information about webinars will be published on the NSW Electoral Commission website and promoted via email. The first webinar, Candidate Information will be held at 11am Tuesday, 21 May 2024.  Click here to register.

Council will host a pre-election candidate information session. We are currently working to schedule appropriate providers and times. Once available details will be provided here. 

The NSW Electoral Commission provides a helpdesk for candidates to answer questions in relation to their candidature or election processes. The helpdesk is particularly useful for those candidates in regional and rural areas where the Returning Officer’s office may be some distance from where the candidate lives.
The Candidate helpdesk is operational Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and can be contacted by phone on 1300 022 011 or via email at candidates@elections.nsw.gov.au.

Key Dates:
5 August 2024 
  • 8.00am: Lodgement of candidate nominations open.
  • 6.00pm: Non-Residential Rolls close.
6 August 2024
  • Lodgement of postal vote applications open.
14 August 2024
  • 12 noon: Close of nominations and close of registration of candidates and groups.
15 August 2024
  • 2.00pm: Ballot paper draw conducted.
19 August 2024
  • Postal vote distribution begins. 
7 September 2024
  • Pre-polling period opens. (Pre-poll venue is yet to be determined.) 
9 September 2024
  • 5.00pm: Postal vote applications close. 
13 September 2024
  • Pre-poll voting closes. 
14 September 2024 
  • 8.00am - 6.00pm: Election Day
27 September 2024 
  • End of postal vote returns. 
30 September 2024 
  • Start of progressive distribution of preferences. 
1-3 October 2024
  • Start of progressive declaration of results.