The Office of Local Government has announced that Council elections Scheduled for Saturday 12 September 2020 have been further postponed to Saturday 4 December 2021. Currently sitting Randwick Councillors will have their term of office extended until December 2021.

The 2021 Local Government elections event page is now live on the Electoral Commission’s website.

A person is entitled to vote at a council election if they are:

  • at least eighteen years of age and an Australian citizen
  • a resident of the council's area or a non-resident owner of rateable land or an occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land in the council's area.

Each person has only one vote for any council, and voting is compulsory for residents (but not for people on the non-residential roll). If you are unable to vote on election day due to disability, illness or travel you can apply for a postal vote or a pre-poll vote. There is no absentee voting in council elections. Please visit the Electoral Commission website for further information regarding postal and pre-poll voting.

If you need to check your enrolment or update your address, here's the link.

Legal Obligations of Candidates

It is the responsibility of Councillors seeking re-election and new candidates to familiarise themselves with the legislated responsibilities of candidates and councillors around the election itself, such as nominating and the rules around campaigning.

The nomination process, the electoral laws that candidates must comply with and the ongoing obligations of councillors to make disclosures about electoral funding are administered by the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC). Non-compliance with or mistakes about these responsibilities may mean political participants miss out on running in an election and/or find themselves facing significant enforcement action, such as fines.

We would strongly suggest that candidates consult with the NSWEC to get a full understanding of the processes, their obligations in relation to nomination and other laws that apply to candidates.  Returning Councillors and candidates should go to the NSWEC’s website at www.elections.nsw.gov.au for more information. Candidates can also contact the NSWEC via email candidates@elections.nsw.gov.au or phone the Candidate Helpdesk 1300 022 011.

Candidate information webinars

A series of online candidate information sessions will be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) in the lead up to the 2021 NSW Local Government elections.  Candidates and interested parties can register for the webinars and the first 3 webinars have been recorded and can be viewed at any time using this link.

If you would like to nominate to run in the Local Government Election:

Non-Residential Roll

People who do not live in the Randwick area but pay rates on a property in this area are entitled to register to be included on the Non-Residential roll and to vote at the election. Click on the links below to download an application form. These rolls lapse after each election, so even if you have registered for a previous election you will need to register again.

In order to qualify for enrolment on the non-residential roll as a non-resident owner, a person must be an owner or nominated by the owner or owners of rateable land in the area. Rateable land means land that is rateable to an ordinary rate or a special rate, or both.

Please visit the Electoral Commission website for further information regarding applying for inclusion on the Non-Residential Roll.

Non-residential Rolls Application Forms

The forms below allow those electors seeking to apply for inclusion on the non-residential rolls to supply the necessary information to Randwick Council for that inclusion.

Forms must be received by the General Manager of Randwick City Council by 6pm Monday 25 October 2021. Please submit your application form to council@randwick.nsw.gov.au marked to the attention of David Kelly.

Streets by Ward Listing

Visit our ward map to determine what Ward your street is located in, if you live in the Randwick City Council area.

Political Donations

Candidates for the Local Government Elections should familiarise themselves with the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981. To assist, the NSW Electoral Commission (Funding, Disclosure & Compliance Branch) has published guidebooks and information on its website.

For more information use this link to the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Postal Voting

If your circumstances make it difficult for you to go to a voting centre on election day, you may be eligible to apply for a postal vote. You can apply if you:

  • believe that attending a voting centre on election day will place your personal safety or the safety of your family at risk.
  • will be outside NSW
  • ​will be more than 8km from a voting centre on election day
  • will be travelling and unable to attend a voting centre on election day
  • have serious illness or condition that prevents you from attending a voting centre on election day
  • are approaching maternity
  • have religious membership or beliefs that prevent you from attending a voting centre on election day
  • are in a correctional centre and prevented from attending a voting centre on election day
  • are caring for a person outside of a hospital setting, which prevents you from attending a voting centre on election day
  • will be working on election day
  • are a silent elector
  • are a person with a disability

How to apply for a postal vote

You can apply for a postal vote online at https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/Contact-us or by sending the NSW Electoral Commission an application in the post to 231 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000. You must apply for a postal vote for each election unless you have registered as a general postal voter. General postal voters do not need to apply for a postal vote as they will be sent ballot papers automatically.

Deadlines for postal votes

Ballot papers are not available until after nominations close for the election at 12 noon on Wednesday 3rd November 2021. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible so that you can be sent voting material before election day. The NSW Electoral Commission must receive your application at the NSW Electoral Commission by 5pm on Monday 29th November and the returning officer must receive your completed ballot papers by 6pm on Friday 17 December.

Have you enrolled to vote? You can do so here so you’re ready for the December elections.

Key dates

September 2021Randwick Council Meeting to elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor
25 Oct 2021Close of electoral rolls (6pm); Candidate nominations open
3 Nov 2021Close of candidate nominations (12pm); Registration of electoral materials commences
22 Nov 2021Pre-poll voting opens
26 Nov 2021Registration of electoral material closes (5pm)
29 Nov 2021Postal vote applications close (5pm)
3 Dec 2021Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
4 Dec 2021Election day (8am-6pm)
17 Dec 2021Return of postal votes closes (6pm)
21 - 23 Dec 2021 Results declared progressively as counts are finalised by election manager
23 Dec 2021Randwick Council Meeting to elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor (30th December if election result not declared in time to hold the mayoral election on 23rd)

Local election work opportunities

Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in September. Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people to have their say. There are positions available during the election period and on election day itself. More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, can be found on the NSW Electoral Commision's website.

Local Government Elections 2021

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