2021 Council Elections

Local Government elections being held on 4 September 2021
Residents of the Armidale region are being reminded to save the date for the 2021 Local Government elections. On Saturday 4 September 2021, the community will be required to vote for eleven new Councillors to represent the region over a three year term. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor will then be elected by Council. The Mayor will be elected for a term of two years, while the Deputy Mayor will be elected for a period which is either the same as the Mayoral term, or less as determined by Council. Residents are reminded that voting is compulsory for those over the age of 18 living in the Armidale LGA.

Constitutional referendum
This year’s election will be held in conjunction with an important constitutional referendum to determine whether the number of Councillors should be reduced from eleven to nine. The community will vote on this at the same time as the Councillor elections. The result of this won’t take effect until 2024.

Pre election candidate briefing workshops

Two sessions will be held on the 1 and 2 of July. The sessions will be conducted by a LGNSW Elected Member Facilitator and are suitable for anyone interested in becoming a councillor. 

Evening Session : Thursday, 1 July 2021 at Armidale Council Chamber 135 Rusden Street, Armidale NSW 2350
Starting at 5.30pm for approx. 2.5 hours 

Day Session: Friday 2 July 2021 at Guyra Council Chamber 158 Bradley Street, Guyra NSW 2365
Starting at 10am for approx. 2.5 hours 
Learning outcomes: 

· Identify the key requirements for becoming   a candidate for election,
· Understand the role of a councillor, and how this fit in with other roles and levels of government;
· Understand the role as a member of the governing body and elected member
· Explore their expectations and potential challenges in becoming a councillor;
· Have the opportunity to ask questions of the Armidale Regional Council General Manager 

Australia Local Government Women’s Association Forum 
ALGWA NSW is conducting a forum for women interested in standing for council in the Local Government elections in 2021
Saturday 22 May 2021 at Armidale Council Chamber 135 Rusden Street, Armidale NSW 2350
Starting at 10am for approx. 3 hours.

Key dates:

Nominations for candidates
Nominations for candidates commence on 26 July 2021 and close at 12 noon on 4 August 2021.
Postal voting
Applications commence on 27 July 2021 and close at 5.00pm on 30 August 2021. 
Pre-poll voting
Pre-poll voting commences on 23 August 2021 and closes 3 September 2021.

For a full list of key dates, click here.

COVID - safe voting
Last year the Minister for Local Government postponed the 2020 Ordinary elections for 12 months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSW Electoral Commission is planning delivery of the 2021 NSW Local Government election so that voters, political participants and election staff remain as safe as possible.

Learning from the experiences of other electoral commissions in recent elections around Australia and in New Zealand, the NSW Electoral Commission is undertaking a review of every election task from a COVID-safe perspective. Public health orders and circumstances are changing as the pandemic evolves, so it is essential to plan ahead for a range of possible scenarios. The NSW Electoral Commission will continue to closely monitor public health orders and advice and make changes to plans as necessary. How this will affect councils, parties, candidates and electors will be determined over the coming months. We will keep you up to date with information as circumstances change.

Non - residential electoral rolls
Whether electors who aren’t on the residential rolls of local government areas are able to vote or not is often a source of confusion. If eligible, certain electors who do not live in the Local Government area can be included on the non-residential roll and have the right to vote at your council’s elections.
Click here for more information about non - residential rolls
Click here for the Non-residential Individual Application form (PDF 69.6KB)
Click here for the Non-residential Nominee Application form (PDF 106.9KB)

Become a Councillor
If you're passionate about what happens in your local community, becoming a Councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents.
For more information on how to become a Councillor please see the Office of Local Government website.

For a list of frequently asked questions for candidates, click here.

Online candidate information sessions
The NSW Electoral Commission is holding a number of candidate information webinars to provide valuable information for those considering nominating. The webinars will be held from April to August 2021 and will cover a range of topics including an overview of the election, funding and disclosure, registration of candidates, and many more. 

Information on session times, topics, and how to register can be found here.

For further information, see the below resources:
NSW Electoral Commission Local Government election website
Frequently asked questions
2021 NSW Local Government Elections Bulletin
Key dates
Six steps to being a candidate
NSW Electoral Commission - Information for Councils conducting candidate seminars (PDF 126.7KB)

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