Council Elections and Candidate Information

NSW Local Government Elections are generally conducted every four years and voting is compulsory.

The next general election will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021 (this follows the Minister for Local Government announcing that the September 2020 local government elections will be postponed to address the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus).

City of Newcastle has a popularly elected Lord Mayor, together with twelve Councillors. Click here to read about the current elected Council.

Our current Councillors will continue to hold their civic office until the rescheduled election is held on 4 September 2021.

CN’s election will be administered by the NSW Electoral Commission. For all information including key dates and registering as a candidate please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website or phone them on 1300 135 736.

The NSW Electoral Commission will appoint a returning officer to oversee the election process. Once the officer is appointed, we will advise of their office location and contact details.