Council Elections

Local Elections of Councillors and the Lord Mayor are normally held on the second Saturday of September in every 4th year. Note, due to Newcastle City Council being the subject of a proposed amalgamation, the September 2016 election date was deferred. However, Council is no longer the subject for an amalgamation and the election date is now Saturday 9 September 2017.

The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) is managing the election on behalf of Newcastle City Council.

All enquiries about the upcoming Council elections on 9 September 2017 should be directed to the
 NSWEC on 1300 135 736 or
The Returning Officer for the election, Heather Kelsey, is located at 473 Hunter Street, Newcastle, 2300.

What happens if I don't vote?

You will most likely receive a $55 fine. Council does not issue the fines and cannot overturn them. More information about penalties for not voting is available on the  NSW Electoral Commission website.

Residential Roll

All electors residing in the Newcastle City Council local government area, who are enrolled on the Commonwealth/State electoral roll, will be included on the roll for the election. If you have moved to Newcastle since the last election, you will need to update your enrolment to vote in the election. (Note - enrolments for the September 2017 Council election close on 31 July 2017).

To check your enrolment details, or to obtain an enrolment form, visit  or phone 1300 135 736.

Resident enrolment forms are also available from any Australia Post office.

Non-Residential Roll

If you own property (or are a rate-paying lessee or occupier of rateable land) within the Newcastle City Council Local Government Area that is not your primary residence, you (or a nominee) may be entitled to enrol as a non-residential owner of rateable land.

Claims for inclusion on the non-residential roll must be made on the prescribed application form, which is available from the following link:

  Non-Resident Enrolment Form (LG127I) (pdf)
Note - If the property is in owned by more than 1 person, or is owned in the name of a company, then you will have to use the following nomination form:

  Non-Resident Nomination Form (LG127N) (pdf)

Applications for inclusion on the non-residential roll close at 6pm on Monday 31 July 2017.

Candidate Information

If you intend to stand as a candidate (ie. as a Councillor or Lord Mayor) at the upcoming September 2017 elections, there is a range of explanatory information materials available on the  NSW Electoral Commission website.  If you have any enquiries about becoming a candidate, please contact the NSWEC Candidate Helpdesk on telephone 1300 088 942. 

Apply to Work at the Election

If you are interested in working at a polling place on election day, or at the Returning Officer's office, the NSWEC is currently seeking applications. To apply, please go to the  NSWEC website.
Note: You must be an enrolled voter to be offered employment in a polling place or at a Returning Officer's office.

Electoral advertising guidelines

There are specific rules around election signage such as banners, posters and a-frames. 
Download the  Electoral advertising guidelines (pdf) for full explanation