Strathfield Council Elections
Saturday 4 December 2021
The next Local Government elections will be held between 8am – 6pm on Saturday 4 December 2021. These elections will be administered by the NSW Electoral Commission and voting is compulsory for all residents on the electoral role. Check your current details are up-to-date with the Australian Electoral Commission.
The next Local Government elections will be held between 8am – 6pm on Saturday 4 December 2021.
NSW Local Government Elections 4 December 2021
Key Dates (TBC)
|25 October 2021||· Close of electoral rolls (6pm)
· Candidate nominations open
|3 November 2021||· Close of candidate nominations (12pm)
· Registration of electoral materials commences
|5 November 2021||· Caretaker period commences|
|22 November 2021||· Pre-poll voting opens|
|26 November 2021||· Registration of electoral material closes (5pm)|
|27 November 2021||· Declared institution voting commences|
|29 November 2021||· Postal vote applications close (5pm)|
|3 December 2021||· Declared institution voting closes (6pm)
· Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
|4 December 2021||· Election day (8am-6pm)|
|17 December 2021||· Return of postal votes closes (6pm)|
|21 – 23 December 2021||· Results declared progressively as counts are finalised by election manager|
|*Within three week from the declaration of polls
c. 23/12/21 – c. 14/1/22
|· Complete compulsory induction
· Oath of Office
· Holding of the first council meeting
*Contingent on the declaration of election results for all candidates and resolution of disputed returns (if any).
Further information (including key dates) for candidates and groups can be viewed here.
You may be eligible to vote using a postal vote. Check the eligibility criteria for postal voting.
Postal vote applications are now open. To apply for a postal vote you can either apply online or download and return a Postal vote application.
Alternatively call the NSW Electoral Commission – 1300 135 736
Timeline for postal voting:
Monday, 8 November 2021 – mailing of postal voting packs commences.
Monday, 29 November 2021 – receipt of postal vote applications close at 5pm. Applications received after this time will not receive a postal vote pack.
Friday, 17 December 2021 – completed postal votes returned by 6pm.
Online and operator assisted voting (iVote)
You may be eligible to use iVote (online voting option) at this election. Check the eligibility criteria for using iVote.
Timeline for iVote:
Monday, 22 November 2021 – iVote applications and voting opens.
Saturday, 4 December 2021 – iVote applications close at 1pm and iVote voting closes at 6pm.
Monday, 6 December 2021 – iVote receipt portal closes at 6pm.
More information will be available soon for iVote.
Early voting or pre-poll is available from Monday 22 November to Friday 3 December 2021. Any person enrolled to vote may vote by pre-poll.
You will only be able to vote in person in your council area.
Pre-polling locations are available in the below tab for Strathfield Council.
Voting is compulsory for Strathfield Council residents.
If you do not vote and you don’t have a valid reason, you will be fined $55 by the NSW Electoral Commission. Apparent failure to vote notices are distributed within three months of an election event.
Council does not issue the fines and more information about penalties for not voting is available at NSW Electoral Commission
People who would like to work at the September local government elections can now submit an application through Electoral Commision’s expression of interest website.
Applicants can work on the day (Saturday 4th September) in a polling place, or for longer periods in a returning office or in one of our pre-poll voting centres. For additional information contact the Electoral Commission on 1300 135 736 or (+61 2) 9290 5999 or by email www.elections.nsw.gov.au
For further information on the upcoming election, please refer to the links below from the NSW Electoral Commission and Office of Local Government:-
- NSW Local Government Election 2021
- Information for Voters
- Key Dates
- Information for Candidates and Groups
- Disclosures and Political Donations
- Office of Local Government NSW
- Become a Councillor – Office of Local Government NSW
- Information for Candidates – Office of Local Government NSW
- Stand for your community – All you need to know about becoming a councillor (nsw.gov.au)
- NSW Electoral Commission – Six Steps to being a Candidate
- The Candidate Handbook has now been published by Electoral Commission.
The NSW Government is committed to increasing female representation on our local councils at the local government elections on 4 December 2021. Currently women represent only 31 per cent of all councillors serving on our 128 local councils across the State.
Prospective female candidates are encouraged to attend local presentations hosted by the Australian Local Government Women’s Association NSW Branch (ALGWA NSW). Details of the upcoming forums are available. Please refer to the below resources:
For more information, please refer to the below resources: