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Council elections

Nominations for candidates to stand for local government elections open on July 31 and close at midday August 9.

In NSW a strategy has been implemented to attract a more diverse range of candidates for the Local Government elections in 2017.

As part of this the Office of Local Government has developed a range of resources for councils to use on their website and other communication channels. The materials are aimed at increasing the representation of our diverse communities.

Cick on the links on the right-hand side of the page to download these resources.

Councils are encouraged to share the video file through their own websites or social media channels.


Election Dates

Under the Local Government Act 1993, council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every four years. By-elections are conducted periodically when a vacancy occurs in the civic office. Councils can conduct their own elections or elections can be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission.

However, due to the NSW Government’s local government reforms, some council elections were held in September 2016 and the remainder  postponed to September 2017. 

Click here for a list of councils conducting elections in September 2017. If your council is not included on this list, then it will not be holding elections in 2017.

For more information, click here to go to the elections section in our Directory of Policy Advice. The Directory contains information and resources for councils, including Council Circulars and Guidelines.

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