Local Government elections in New South Wales are usually held every four years. However, the elections planned for 2020 were postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
For more information about these elections, please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.
Working at Local Government Elections
People who would like to work at the September local government elections can now submit an application through our ‘expression of interest’ website.
Councillor Candidate Briefing Session
To assist potential candidates who are considering nominating for the upcoming local government elections, Lithgow Council will be conducting a Councillor Candidate Information Session in June.
The Session will be held on Wednesday 16 June 2021 for potential candidates for the September 2021 council elections.
The session will provide an opportunity for potential candidates to:
- Identify the key requirements of becoming a candidate for election;
- Understand the councillor role and how this fits in with other roles and levels of government;
- Address key expectations and potential challenges in becoming a councillor;
- Know how the councillor role fits in with Integrated Planning and Reporting;
- Understand key elements of council meetings, including code of conduct and conflict of interest.
The candidate briefing session will be conducted by experienced Local Government NSW facilitator, Maire Sheehan.
The Information Session will be held on Wednesday 16 June 2021 at 5.00pm in the Council Chambers Mort Street Lithgow. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2021-local-government-election-candidate-information-session-tickets-153752689433
View recording of webinar
View a recording of a previous candidate information session
What is a non-residential roll?
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 a 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
Why do non-residential rolls exist?
The non-residential rolls provide people who are nonresident owners, occupiers and rate-paying lessees of rateable land within the council area an opportunity to have a say in who is elected to council.
Who manages the non-residential rolls?
It is the responsibility of the general manager of the council to maintain the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land and the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees.
After each election, the non-residential rolls lapse. Then as soon as is practicable, the general manager prepares new rolls for the next election and keeps them updated. If you applied to be on a roll previously and are still qualified to be
on that roll, you should be included on the new roll.
Is it compulsory to be on a non-residential roll if I am eligible to be?
Can I enrol and vote more than once in the same council area?
- No. If you are a resident of a council area then you are not permitted to also enrol as a non-resident in that area.
- Non-residents who own, occupy, or pay rates on multiple parcels of land in the same area may only be enrolled once for that area. This also applies to corporations, trustees and joint/several owners, occupiers and rate paying lessees of multiple parcels of land – they may nominate only one person to be enrolled on each non-residential roll, if eligible.
Who is eligible to be on a non-residential roll?
You must be eligible to vote at Federal or State elections to be on a non-residential roll. Your eligibility must be based on land within the council area and must not only be used as a car park.
To be on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land, you must be:
- the sole owner of the rateable land, or
- nominated as the elector by the joint or several owners of the rateable land, or
- nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who own the rateable land, or
- the lessee of the land from the Crown and the land is rateable Crown land.
To be on the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees, you must be:
- the sole occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land, or
- nominated as the elector by the joint or several occupiers or ratepaying lessees of the rateable land, or
- nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who occupy or are the ratepaying lessee of the rateable land,
and have the legal right to occupy the land, or be responsible for paying all or part of the rates on the land for 3 years following the date you apply to be on the roll.
Use the Form for individual owners, occupiers and ratepaying lessees or Form for nomination of an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees to apply to be on a non-residential roll. The general manager of the council will advise you within 7 days if your enrolment was accepted.
How can I check what roll I am on?
You can check your residential enrolment at check.aec.gov.au or by calling the AEC on 13 23 26.
Contact your local council to check whether you are enrolled on a non-residential roll.
Forms must be received by the General Manager of Lithgow City Council by 6:00pm (EST) Monday 26 July 2021.