2021 Local Council Elections

2021 Local Council Elections

The Minister for Local Government made an Order on Saturday 24 July 2021 postponing the Local Government elections until 4 December 2021.

A copy of the published Order can be found here:


The Office of Local Government has released a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the postponed elections. It can be found here:


The NSW Electoral Commission website will be progressively updated as the replanning of the elections takes place.


Under the Local Government Act 1993, Council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every 4 years. By-elections are conducted periodically when a Councillor vacancy occurs. These elections are conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Bourke Shire Council will be using the NSW Electoral Commission to conduct its election on 4 December 2021.

To enrol to vote or update your enrolment details:


Are you thinking of becoming a Councillor and nominating in the upcoming election on 4 December 2021?

Councillors are elected by their local community to represent community views on Council, provide leadership and make sure local needs are met.

To assist Councillors in their role Bourke Shire Council has in place a Community Strategic Plan which outlines what we want and need as a community now and as the region grows. It is the highest level forward planning document of Council. The Community Strategic Plan, identifies the communities priorities and guides the direction for the Bourke region over the next 20 years.

A Councillor’s role is important. The decisions a councillor makes and the services provided by Councils can impact on our lives, our local community and our local environment.

Candidates Nominations Advertisement

The NSW Electoral Commission has published a notice, the Candidates Nominations Advertisement, which includes information for those considering nominating as a candidate for the 2021 NSW Local Government elections. It includes general guidance about the process of nominating, and candidates’ obligations and responsibilities.

Key Election Dates

The election for Bourke Shire Council is being held on 4 December 2021. In the lead up to the election there are some deadlines that must be met if you are planning on nominating for election to Council. Some key election dates and information for prospective candidates are provided below:-

  • Monday 25 October 2021- Candidate nominations open; Close of electoral rolls (6pm)
  • Tuesday 26 October 2021 – Postal vote applications open
  • Wednesday 3 November 2021 – Close of candidate nominations (12noon); Registration of electoral materials (how-to-vote) open
  • Thursday 4 November 2021 – Conduct of ballot paper draw
  • Monday 22 November 2021 – Pre-poll voting period opens
  • Friday 26 November 2021 – Close of registration of electoral material (5pm)
  • Monday 29 November 2021 – Close of postal vote applications (5pm)
  • Friday 3 December 2021 – Close of pre-poll voting period
  • Saturday 4 December 2021 – ELECTION DAY (8am – 6pm)
  • Friday 17 December 2021 – Return of postal votes close (6pm)
  • 21 – 23 December 2021 – Results declared progressively as counts are finalised by Returning Officers.

Placement of Election Signage

The placement of signs associated with elections is regulated under the Election Act 2017 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

Becoming a Councillor

Being a Councillor can be rewarding because it provides an opportunity to make decisions that help people within the local community, influence the long-term, strategic direction of a local community, learn new skills such as public speaking and advocacy, and work with a diverse range of people on a wide range of issues. More information can be found on the Office of Local Government website https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/public/about-councils/become-a-councillor/

Election of Women to Local Government

Women make up just over half of the population but only about a third of Councillors in local government in NSW. Women can connect with many different groups in the community and bring diverse views to Council. Council encourages women to stand for election to have a direct say in council decisions which influence the lives of people, families and communities.

The Office of Local Government has produced information regarding the election of women to local government:

Election Information for Candidates

Our local communities are diverse, however, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability and young people, are under-represented on local Councils. The Office of Local Government has developed a range of resources aimed at increasing the representation of our diverse communities on local councils.

The Stand for your Community Candidate Guide contains a range of information on becoming and being a councillor and can be accessed from the Office of Local Government website. The Guide is also available in a range of community languages.


Workshops for potential candidates

In the lead up to the 2021 Local Government Elections a range of workshops are being held to provide information to those interested in standing as a candidate.

Election Funding & Disclosures

The NSW Electoral Commission oversees election funding and disclosure requirements.

A range of information and fact sheets are available on the website for candidates and groups at the 2021 NSW Local Government elections covering the provisions of the Electoral Funding Act 2018.


Non-Residential Roll Application Forms

To apply for the non-residential roll contact Council on (02) 6830 8000 or email Council (bourkeshire@bourke.nsw.gov.au) to request a non-residential roll application form.

Australian Local Government Women’s Association

ALGWA measures its success by the number of women encouraged to join Local Government.

Local Government NSW


Local Government NSW (LGNSW) is an independent organisation that exists to serve the interests of New South Wales general and special purpose councils. LGNSW advocates on behalf of member councils to help strengthen and protect an effective, democratic system of local government across NSW.

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