Circulars

21-37 Amendments to the Public Health Order relating to voting at the 2021 local government elections

Circular details21-37 / 22 November 2021 / A798727
Previous circular21-20 Postponement of the local government elections to 4 December 2021
Who should read thisCouncillors / General Managers / All council staff
ContactCouncil Governance Team / 02 4428 4100 / olg@olg.nsw.gov.au
Action requiredInformation / Council to Implement
PDF version21-37 Amendments to the Public Health Order relating to voting at the 2021 local government elections

What’s new or changing

  • The Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 (the Public Health Order) has been amended by the Public Health (COVID-19 General) Amendment Order (No 8) to clarify the operation and application of the Public Health Order to voting and other activities at the local government elections.
  • The Public Health order and the amendment to it are available here.

What this will mean for your council

  • Among other things, the amended order provides the following:
    • Masks remain compulsory in an indoor area of premises other than a place of residence, including premises being used as a polling place or voting centre.
    • Unvaccinated persons may attend premises being used as a polling place or voting centre that would normally be closed to unvaccinated persons to vote at, or participate in the conduct of, an election.
    • Unvaccinated persons may participate in an outdoor public gathering of more than 2 persons if they are voting at, or participating in the conduct of, an election.
    • In areas subject to a stay at home order, it is a reasonable excuse to be away from a person’s place of residence to attend a polling place or voting centre to vote at, or participate in the conduct of, an election. Currently, no areas are subject to a stay at home order.

Where to go for further information

  • For further information please contact the Council Governance Team on
    02 4428 4100 or by email at olg@olg.nsw.gov.au .

Brett Whitworth

Group Deputy Secretary, Planning Delivery and Local Government