Local Government Elections 2024

A new Ward Boundary Plan was endorsed by Council on Monday 25 September 2023. Check your ward and enrolment status at elections.nsw.gov.au

The next Local Government Election will be held on Saturday 14 September 2024.

More information can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission website

Frequently asked questions

How do I enrol to vote?

To enrol to vote in the local government elections visit the Australian Electoral Commission’s website.

How can I find out if I am already enrolled?

You can check if you are enrolled to vote on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website.

I own a property in Lake Macquarie City but do not live there, can I vote in the elections?

Yes, you can. You will need to complete a ‘non-residential roll’ application and return it to Council before Monday 5 August 2024.

I own properties in two wards of the city, can I vote in the election for both wards?

No, it is not possible for any person to exercise more than one vote per ward in a Local Government election, or to be recorded more than once on the same roll for a particular electorate.

I run a business that occupies a property in Lake Macquarie City but do not live in the city, can I vote in the elections?

Yes, you can. You will need to complete a ‘non-residential roll’ application and return it to Council before Monday 5 August 2024.

Who runs the Local Government Election?

The Local Government Election is run by the NSW Electoral Commission. For information about how a local government election works and voting details, please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.

I’m interested in nominating to become a candidate, what do I need to know?

There are strict laws and deadlines that must be followed to become a candidate. You can find this information on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Some important dates to note include:

  • Lodgement of nominations open at 8am Monday 5 August 2024
  • Nominations close at 12 noon Wednesday 14 August 2024

Electors who wish to nominate as a candidate in a Local Government election must complete a valid nomination application and present it to the Returning Officer before nominations close. This form will become available on the website in the coming months.

We will be hosting information sessions for candidates in late July. Stay tuned for further information.

I’m interested in working at the Local Government Election, how do I register?

Registrations to work at the Local Government Election are open. Visit the NSW Electoral Commission website to submit an expression of interest.