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.

Which ward am I in?

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

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.


Becoming a Councillor

Are you interested in being nominated as a candidate for Shoalhaven City Council?

Live and archived Candidate Information webinars are available on the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) website. This page also provides an outline on the nomination process for elections as well as the necessary forms and fact sheets.

To have your name included on a ballot paper you must be nominated as a candidate for the election. You must be enrolled to vote in the local government area by 06:00 PM Monday 26 July 2021.

The nomination period starts on Monday 26 July 2021 and ends 12:00 noon Wednesday 4 August 2021.

Registration and agent appointment forms are available on the NSWEC website.

The Office of Local Government (OLG) has published guidance for potential candidates:  

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.

For more information view:

Registration for inclusion on the non-residential roll for the 2021 Council election closes at 06:00 PM 26 July 2021.

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

More information is available on the NSWEC website.

Local election work opportunities

Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in September. 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 the NSWEC website.

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.

Last updated on 16 June 2021