Local Government Elections

2021 Local Government Election

The Minister for Local Government has made an order to postpone the 4 September 2021 Local Government Elections to SATURDAY 4 DECEMBER, 2021.

The decision has been made in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Local Government Elections in New South Wales are usually held every four years, however, the elections planned for September 2020 were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our current Mayor and Councillors will continue to hold their civic offices until midnight on 3 December 2021.

For information about NSW Local Government election registration, nomination, election campaign finances, voting and other election processes, as well as important dates and deadlines, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website at www.elections.nsw.gov.au


Working at Local Government Elections

People who would like to work at the September Local Government Elections can now submit an application through the NSWEC 'expression of interest' website.

Local Government Election Work Opportunities

Expression Of Interest


Candidate Information

For Candidate information, please see the links below.

Six Steps to being a Candidate

Information about political parties

Third party campaigners

Information for political donors

NSWEC Candidate Handbook


NSWEC Online Candidate Information Sessions

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 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

Please use the following link to register your attendance for the webinar sessions.


Tentative Induction Program Dates for New Council 

Consistent with the Office of Local Government’s Councillor Induction and Professional Development Guidelines, Council has developed a comprehensive induction program for newly elected and returning Councillors and a specialist supplementary program for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor (if elected).   

In the event of election, Candidates are requested to note the following tentative induction program dates to ensure availability to attend. Times will be confirmed closer to the dates: 

  • Councillor Induction Days: Wednesday 12 January 2022, Friday 14 January 2022,  Friday 28 January 2022, Saturday 5 February 2022 and Friday 11 February 2022
  • Mayor Induction Days: Tuesday 18 January 2022 and Friday 21 January 2022


Office of Local Government Resources  

The Office of Local Government (OLG) has a number of guides for those thinking of becoming a Councillor. Follow the links below for more information.

Information for Candidates

OLG Candidate Guide 

Promoting Diversity in Local Government 

Women in Local Government


Voting Information 

For more information about voting, please select from one of the options below that will take you to the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Check your enrolment

Enrol to vote

Change name or address

Voting options

Non residential roll


Non Residential Roll

If you are NOT a resident, you may be entitled to vote if  you own, occupy or lease property in the local area as a corporation, business or individual, and you are not already enrolled to vote as a resident of Sutherland Shire Council. You must register with Sutherland Shire Council, and it is your responsibility for checking that you are eligible for inclusion in the non residential roll for Sutherland Shire Council when you make an application. Registration for the non residential roll is optional.

Eligible businesses/corporations can nominate a person to appear on the non residential roll on behalf of the business/corporation (please use the nominee application below).

Further information can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

How to enrol as a non resident

Read the below forms, and if you are eligible, please complete the appropriate form and return it to Sutherland Shire Council by Monday 25 October 2021. 

Non Residential Roll Individual Application

Non Residential Roll Nominee Application


Sutherland Shire Wards

Sutherland Shire Council has 15 publicly elected Councillors who hold office as ‘the Council’ for a term of four years, representing our five wards (A, B, C, D and E). To find out what Ward you are a part of, Ward Boundaries are available here.


Mayoral Election

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Sutherland Shire are elected by the Councillors from among their number. A new Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be elected by the Councillors from the Councillors elected for the 2021 - 2023 term. 

To read more about the 2020 Sutherland Shire Council Mayoral Election, and the Mayoral Election process, click here.



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