Elections

NSW Local Government Elections are generally 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 held on Saturday 4 September 2021. This 12 month delay follows the decision to postpone the September 2020 council elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health and safety of candidates, voters and the NSW Electoral Commission staff.

Our current Councillors will continue to hold their civic office until the rescheduled election is held on 4 September 2021.

Singleton Council’s election will be administered by the NSW Electoral Commission. For all information including key dates and registering as a candidate please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website or phone them on 1300 135 736.

The NSW Electoral Commission will appoint a returning officer to oversee the election process.  Once the officer is appointed, we will advise of their office location and contact details.

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.

VOTING

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

NON-RESIDENT ROLLS

The non-residential rolls provide people who are non-resident owners, occupiers and rate-paying lessees of rateable land within the Singleton Council area an opportunity to have a say in who is elected to Council.

There are two non-residential rolls:

  • the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land; and
  • the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees.

These two rolls are combined with the residential roll to form the roll of electors for the Council area, which is used during an election. The residential roll is the list of people who live in the Council area and are eligible to vote in elections.

Further information on the non-residential rolls can be viewed here.

To apply for inclusion on the non-residential rolls please complete one of the following forms and return to Council by 6pm (EST) Monday 26 July 2021:

HOW TO BECOME A COUNCILLOR

If you are passionate about what happens in Singleton community, becoming a Councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of our residents. Council is responsible for making significant decisions that have a far-reaching impact on our community.  For all you need to know about becoming a Councillor visit the Office of Local Government website.

For more information about registering to commence campaigning and nominating to become a Councillor please refer to the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Details regarding candidate information sessions will be made available in the coming months. To express an interest in attending an information session please contact Council on T 02 6578 7290 or council@singleton.nsw.gov.au.

As a Councillor you are expected to represent the views of the community while making decisions in their interests, demonstrate conduct that the community expects and deserves, and plan and oversee the running of a significant and complex business.  For general information about the role of a Councillor including the Councillor Handbook please visit the Office of Local Government website.

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 enrollment 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.