Elections

NSW Local Government Elections are conducted every four years and voting is compulsory. Singleton Council has a popularly elected Mayor, together with nine councillors.

The next general election will be on Saturday 12 September 2020. For all election information visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.

All elected members must lodge a declaration listing all political donations received and electoral expenditure incurred. A register of these declarations is available on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Under section 296AA of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act), councils must make a decision on how their September 2020 ordinary elections are to be administered no later than 11 March 2019.

The Government has approved a review by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) of the costs of conducting local government elections in NSW. The purpose of IPART’s review is to ensure a robust methodology for determining costs is applied, in order to minimise the financial burden on councils and ratepayers and to ensure local government elections are conducted efficiently and cost effectively.

IPART is to report to the Minister for Local Government by 30 August 2019.

As the outcomes of the IPART review may impact on the administration of the September 2020 council elections, it is proposed to introduce legislation in the first parliamentary sitting period of 2019 following the NSW State Election to amend the Local Government Act 1993 (the LGA) to extend the deadline for councils to make a decision on the administration of their elections under sections 296AA and 296. This deadline will be extended to 1 January 2020.

At the Ordinary Council meeting held on 18 February 2019 Council considered a report in relation to the provision of Local Government Election Service and resolved that a further report be provided for Council consideration upon finalisation of the review by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) into the costs of conducting local government elections in NSW.

Note: The above information is provided in accordance with section 296AA(4) of the Local Government Act 1993. As Council did not make a decision on how the September 2020 ordinary election is to be administrated as required by section 296AA(1) of the Local Government Act 1993.

VOTING

Voting is compulsory for all residents and fines may apply for not voting. To check you are correctly enrolled or to obtain an enrolment form visit the Electoral Commission website, phone 1300 135 736 or get a form from any Australia Post Office.

NSW STATE ELECTION REMINDER FACILITY

This facility allows electors to register for an email and/or SMS to be sent whenever a Local Government or State Parliamentary (not Federal Government) election event for which you are enrolled is pending. The information provided will also be used by the NSW Electoral Commission to contact citizens as part of electoral enrolment and/or election event processes.

Register for the reminder service

WORK AT AN ELECTION

The NSW Electoral Commission offers opportunities to work at state and local government elections. Work is available on election day and throughout the election period, the weeks before and after election day. 

Working at an election is a great opportunity to learn new skills and meet people, while you also play a valuable part in contributing to democracy. The NSW Electoral Commission look for staff to work as election officials during the election period. Staff receive training, support and a competitive pay rate.

The NSW Electoral Commission is currently looking for people to apply to work at the NSW State Election. 

Click here for more information.