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 general election for Shoalhaven City Council will be held in September 2021.


Last updated on 13 May 2020