Council Elections and Candidate Information

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

The next general election will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021.

The September 2020 local government elections were postponed following an announcement from the Minister for Local Government because of the risks posed by COVID-19.

City of Newcastle has a popularly elected Lord Mayor and twelve Councillors. Find out more about the current elected Council. Our current Lord Mayor and Councillors will continue to hold their civic office until the rescheduled election.

City of Newcastle'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, their office location and contact details will be made available on CN's website.

Information for Candidates

Candidate information

Potential candidates can attend Candidate Information Sessions, which will provide the opportunity to:

  • Identify key requirements of becoming a Councillor.
  • Understand the rules and processes for registering as a candidate and running a campaign.
  • Understand the role of Council, Councillors and the key elements of council meetings.

These sessions will be facilitated by Jenny Dowell, who previously held the role as a Lismore Councillor for 12 years and was the Mayor of Lismore between 2008 and 2016.

Dates and times for City of Newcastle's Candidate Information Sessions are:

If you are passionate about what happens across the City of Newcastle and our community, becoming a Councillor is an opportunity to make a difference and represent the interests of our residents.  Council is responsible for making significant decisions that have far-reaching impact on our community. For all you need to know about becoming a Councillor visit the Office of Local Government website.

For more information about registering to commence campaigning and nominating to become a Councillor please refer to the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Key Information

The Office of Local Government has a number of guides to assist in providing information those interested in becoming a Councillor:

Information for voters

Voting is compulsory at all NSW local government elections except for council polls.

At the election, you will be asked to vote on which candidates should become a Councillor for the next term of Council (2021 - 2024).

The election will be administered by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Information on how elections work and understanding your responsibilities as a voter is available on the NSW Electoral Commissions website.

Further information about elections, bulletins and key dates can be viewed on the 2021 NSW Local government elections webpage or by phone on 1300 135 736.

A returning officer will be appointed to oversee the election process and once appointed the City of Newcastle will advise of their office location and contact details.

Check if you can vote 

If you are a resident in the City of Newcastle local government area you can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission.

Please note that the City of Newcastle does not hold electoral information for local residents.

Voting as a Non-Resident in a Ward or Council Area

You are eligible to vote as a non-resident in a ward or council area if you are:

  • an owner of rateable land in the ward or council area
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the ward or council area.

The City of Newcastle Local Government Area is divided into four wards. To find out which Council ward you are in, visit the ward map page to search your address. 

Non-residential rolls provide people who are non-resident owners, occupiers and rate-paying lessees of rateable land within the City of Newcastle area an opportunity to have a say in who is elected to Council.

There are two non-residential rolls:

  • the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land; and
  • the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees.

These two rolls are combined with the residential roll to form the roll of electors for the Council area, which is used during an election. The residential roll is the list of people who live in the Council area and are eligible to vote in elections.

Further information on the non-residential rolls can be viewed here.

Applications to apply for inclusion on the non-residential rolls can be found below and must be received by Council by 6pm (EST) on Monday 26 July 2021.