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 last general election for Singleton Council’s Mayor and Councillors was held on Saturday 4 December 2021. This election was delayed from September 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

By-Election – 30 July 2022 

The Councillor election was declared void by the Supreme Court due to a failure of the iVote system and a by-election will be held on Saturday 30 July 2022.

The current Councillors will continue to hold their civic office until the by-election is held.

Singleton Council’s by-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 has appointed a returning officer to oversee the by-election process.  You can view further details regarding the Returning Officer and location here.

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.

2022 By-Election Candidates

To view the candidates and their contact details for the 30 July Singleton By-Election, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website here.

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.

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 6.00pm (EST) Monday 20 June 2022:

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 being a Councillor, including the Councillor Handbook, please visit the Office of Local Government website or contact Council’s Coordinator Governance, Larissa Britton.

For more information about registering to commence campaigning and nominating to become a Councillor please refer to the NSW Electoral Commission 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 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 days and throughout election periods, the weeks before and after election days.

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.

Click here for more information.