2021 Local Council Elections

Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021.
The Local Government Election 2021 website is now live and provides a range of information on the upcoming election.


Under the Local Government Act 1993, Council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every 4 years. By-elections are conducted periodically when a Councillor vacancy occurs. These elections are conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Bathurst Regional Council will be using the NSW Electoral Commission to conduct its election on 4 September 2021.

To enrol to vote or update your enrolment details:


Are you thinking of becoming a Councillor and nominating in the upcoming election on 4 September 2021?

Councillors are elected by their local community to represent community views on Council, provide leadership and make sure local needs are met.

To assist Councillors in their role Bathurst Regional Council has in place a Community Strategic Plan which outlines what we want and need as a community now and as the region grows. It is the highest level forward planning document of Council. The Community Strategic Plan, Bathurst 2040 identifies the communities priorities and guides the direction for the Bathurst region over the next 20 years. 

A Councillor's role is important. The decisions a councillor makes and the services provided by Councils can impact on our lives, our local community and our local environment.

The election for Bathurst Regional Council is being held on 4 September 2021. In the lead up to the election there are some deadlines that must be met if you are planning on nominating for election to Council. Some key election dates and information for prospective candidates are provided below:-

Key Election Dates
  • Monday 28 June 2021 – Nominations Online Management System available to prospective candidates in late June/early July
  • Monday 26 July 2021- Candidate nominations open; Close of electoral rolls (6pm)
  • Tuesday 27 July 2021 – Lodgement of postal vote applications open
  • Wednesday 4 August 2021 – Close of candidate nominations (12noon); Registration of electoral materials (how-to-vote) open
  • Thursday 5 August 2021 – Conduct of ballot paper draw
  • Monday 23 August 2021 – Pre-poll voting period opens
  • Friday 27 August 2021 – Close of registration of electoral material (5pm)
  • Monday 30 August 2021 – Close of postal vote applications (5pm)
  • Friday 3 September 2021 – Close of pre-poll voting period
  • Saturday 4 September 2021 – ELECTION DAY (8am – 6pm)
  • Monday 6 September 2021 - Return of postal votes close (6pm)

Placement of Election Signage

The placement of signs associated with elections is regulated under the Election Act 2017 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

For details on where election signage can and cannot be erected see our detailed guide to the placement of election signs. 

Becoming a Councillor

Being a Councillor can be rewarding because it provides an opportunity to make decisions that help people within the local community, influence the long-term, strategic direction of a local community, learn new skills such as public speaking and advocacy, and work with a diverse range of people on a wide range of issues. More information can be found on the Office of Local Government website https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/public/about-councils/become-a-councillor/

Election of Women to Local Government

Women make up just over half of the population but only about a third of Councillors in local government in NSW. Women can connect with many different groups in the community and bring diverse views to Council. Council encourages women to stand for election to have a direct say in council decisions which influence the lives of people, families and communities.

The Office of Local Government has produced information regarding the election of women to local government - 

Election Information for Candidates

Our local communities are diverse, however, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability and young people, are under-represented on local Councils. The Office of Local Government has developed a range of resources aimed at increasing the representation of our diverse communities on local councils.

The Stand for your Community Candidate Guide contains a range of information on becoming and being a councillor and can be accessed from the Office of Local Government website. The Guide is also available in a range of community languages.


Election Funding & Disclosures

The NSW Electoral Commission oversees election funding and disclosure requirements.

A range of information and fact sheets are available on the website for candidates and groups at the 2021 NSW Local Government elections covering the provisions of the Electoral Funding Act 2018.


Non-Residential Roll Application Forms

To apply for the non-residential roll contact Council on (02) 6333 6111 or EMAIL to request a non-residential roll application form.

Australian Local Government Women's Association

ALGWA measures its success by the number of women encouraged to join Local Government.

Local Government NSW


Local Government NSW (LGNSW) is an independent organisation that exists to serve the interests of New South Wales general and special purpose councils. LGNSW advocates on behalf of member councils to help strengthen and protect an effective, democratic system of local government across NSW.

Previous Local Government Election Results - Bathurst Regional Council

Information relating to previous Local Government Election Results for Bathurst Regional Council are available on the NSW Electoral Commission website. Refer to the link below:-


Election Results Document available include:

Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate
First Preference by Polling Place
First Preference by Group Candidate by Vote Type
Polling Places


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