Council Elections & Voting

Local Government is an elected system of government directly accountable to the local community. All the elected representatives, known as councillors, work together to provide good governance for the benefit of their local community.

Council elections

Local Government (Council) elections are held every four years.

Elections are held for:

  • The election of 12 Councillors (4 Councillors in each of Wards 1, 2 & 3)
  • The election of a Mayor

Who votes?

If you are an Australian citizen aged 18 years or more, you are required to enrol and vote in federal, State and local government elections and by-elections.

If you do not vote, you may receive a penalty notice.

Check your enrolment status.

You can look up your local government area and see which ward you belong to.

Where can I find election results?

Results of the election can be found at the NSW Electoral Commission.

The last Local Government (Council) election was held in the Shoalhaven City Council Local Government Area on Saturday, 10 September 2016.

Election 2020/21

The NSW Government has postponed the September 2020 Local Government elections for 12 months to September 2021.

The next election for Shoalhaven City Council will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021.

Non-residential roll

If you are not a resident, you may be entitled to vote in the Shoalhaven City Council elections, if you own, occupy or lease property in the Shoalhaven Local Government Area (LGA) as a corporation, business or individual. You will have to be registered on Shoalhaven City Council’s non-residential roll. A non-residential roll is only valid for the council election it is prepared for, so you must re-enrol for every election.

If you are:

  • an owner of rateable land in the Shoalhaven LGA; or
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the Shoalhaven LGA.

you will need to fill out the Individual Claim Form

 If you own, occupy or lease the property with other people, you must nominate who will be voting on behalf of everyone and fill out the Nomination Claim Form

Registration for inclusion on the non-residential roll for the 2021 Council election closes at 6.00pm on 26 July 2021.

Completed forms may be lodged using any of the below methods:


Last updated on 22 January 2021