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Council Elections 2021 

2021 NSW Local Government Elections will be taking place Saturday 4 December 2021 for election of Councillors.

Save the date as voting is compulsory.

Click here for more information on Council Election 

Nominate as a Councillor

Local Government elections are being held Saturday 4 December 2021. To nominate as a councillor you must lodge a nomination form, either by delivering it to the Returning Officer or by using the Electoral Commission’s online nomination system. Returning Officer office locations can be found at elections.nsw.gov.au/lge21. In the Warrumbungle Shire Council local government area nominations may be lodged at Council administration offices located at Coolah and Coonabarabran.

All candidates must pay a nomination deposit of $125 each to the NSW Electoral Commission. Where candidates also lodge a ‘Request to form a group’, the deposit is capped at $625 for a group of five candidates or more. If using paper nomination forms, the nomination deposit must be paid by cash or bank/building society cheque. 

The NSW Electoral Commission’s online nominations system is now available at elections.nsw.gov.au and you can start the process of nominating online now. Paper nomination forms are available by calling the Commission’s candidate helpdesk on 1300 022 011. 

Nominations can be lodged online from Monday 25 October 2021 and close 12 noon, Wednesday 3 November 2021. Late nominations will not be accepted.

For further information, including regulations around electoral funding, legal obligations for record-keeping and disclosures, and Candidate Handbook and webinars go to elections.nsw.gov.au.

Resources for Candidates

A range of resources is available for people considering whether to stand for election to Council in September.

The Office of Local Government has produced the Stand for your Community candidate guide. The guide contains information about the role of an elected member of a council.

Once you decide to stand for election, there are a number of legal requirements for all candidates in NSW. Before a candidate or group of candidates can accept a political donation or make payments for electoral expenditure they must first register for the election. This page on the NSW Electoral Commission website contains information for candidates.

Click here to download Candidates Handbook


WEBINAR: The next Local Government election candidate webinar will be held on Tuesday, 28 September 2021 at 11:00am. The webinar will cover the topic ‘Nominations’. Click here to register your attendance. 

Candidate Information Webinars

A series of online candidate information sessions will be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) in the lead up to the 2021 NSW Local Government elections.

The webinars will be held from April to August 2021 and will cover the following topics:

- Election overview
- Election funding and disclosure
- Registration of candidates, groups, and third-party campaigners
- Electoral material (also known as how-to-vote material)
- Nomination process
- Early voting and election day voting
- Candidate workers and scrutineers
- Counting and results

The first three webinars will be conducted on the following dates/times. Additional seminars will be conducted in the lead up to election.

Click here to view candidate information webinars

Non-Residential Electoral Roll

Did you know that if you pay rates in a different local government area to the one you live in, you are entitled to vote there in the council elections?

The non-residential electoral roll gives people who are non-resident owners, occupiers, and rate-paying lessees of rateable land an opportunity to have a say in who is elected to the council. Enrolment forms for the Warrumbungle Shire non-residential electoral roll must be submitted to Council by Monday 26 July 2021.

Click on the relevant form below to download; 

For more information contact the Manager Corporate Services, Jenni Maundrell on (02) 6849 2000.

Local election work opportunities

Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in December. Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people to have their say. There are positions available during the election period and on election day itself. More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, can be found on our website.

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2021