Council elections postponed for three more months

I hereby appoint 4 December 2021 as the day on which the ordinary elections for all councils in New South Wales are to be held. LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1993

Order under section 318C


I, the Hon. Shelley Hancock MP, Minister for Local Government, in pursuance of

section 318C of the Local Government Act 1993 ("the Act"), do hereby revoke the

Order made on 26 June 2020 which postponed the election requirements of the Act

for all councils in New South Wales to 4 September 2021.

I hereby appoint 4 December 2021 as the day on which the ordinary elections for all

councils in New South Wales are to be held.

I also hereby appoint 4 December 2021 as the day on which any by-elections for any

council in New South Wales, which are required to be held to fill any casual vacancy

in the office of a councillor or a mayor arising between the date of this Order and 4

December 2021, are to be held. For the avoidance of doubt, the effect of this order is

that the casual vacancy would be filled by the ordinary election for that council to be

held on 4 December 2021.

This Order does not apply in relation to elections for the Central Coast Council. I made

a further order on 8 June 2021, pursuant to section 318B of the Act, further postponing

the election requirements for that council for 12 months after the date of the making of

that order. That order remains in force.


Dated this 24th day of July 2021. SHELLEY HANCOCK MP

Minister for Local Government

Important dates

25 Oct 2021 Close of electoral rolls (6pm)

Candidate nominations open

03 Nov 2021 Close of candidate nominations (12pm)

Registration of electoral materials commences

05 Nov 2021 Caretaker period commences

22 Nov 2021 Pre-poll voting opens

26 Nov 2021 Registration of electoral material closes (5pm)

27 Nov 2021 Declared institution voting commences

29 Nov 2021 Postal vote applications close (5pm)

03 Dec 2021 Declared institution voting closes (6pm)

Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)

04 Dec 2021 Election day (8am-6pm)

17 Dec 2021 Return of postal votes closes (6pm)

21 – 23 Dec 2021 Results declared progressively as counts are finalised by election manager

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