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Local Government Elections 2021

We will be holding elections, administered by the NSW Electoral Commission, on Saturday 4 December 2021 for the election of councillors.

AlburyCity Council's election will be administered by the NSW Electoral Commission and voting will be held on Saturday 4 December.

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 COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillor Induction Guide

We have developed a detailed induction program for councillors who are elected following the local government elections. The program has been designed to provide all councillors with the information and tools needed for a successful council term.

Candidate Information Webinars

Time / Date


Registration link Recording

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Election funding and disclosure



11am Thursday, 2 September 2021*

Candidate information



11am Thursday, 16 September 2021*

General information



11am Tuesday, 28 September 2021*




11am Thursday, 28 October 2021*

Registration of electoral material
(also known as how-to-vote material)



11am Monday, 8 November 2021*

iVote explained



11am Thursday, 18 November 2021*

Early voting and election day voting



11am Tuesday, 30 November*

Candidate workers, scrutineers, counting and results



If you are considering becoming a candidate we recommend you understand the processes that are involved in becoming a candidate and the laws that apply to how you campaign and raise and spend money campaigning. For more information read the NSW Electoral Commission's Six steps to being a candidate guide.

Key dates

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Last day to lodge annual electoral expenditure disclosures for 2020/21.

Monday, 25 October 2021

Lodgement of nominations open.

Start of regulated period for electoral material.

6pm: Close of roll for the purposes of being a candidate, nominator and roll printing.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Lodgement of postal vote applications open.

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

12 noon: Close of nominations and close of regisation of candidates and groups.

Regisation opens for electoral materials to be distributed on election day.

Thursday, 4 November 2021

10am: Conduct of ballot paper draw.

Monday, 22 November 2021

iVote applications and voting opens.

Pre-poll voting period opens.

Display of registered electoral material on the NSW Electoral Commission website commences.

Friday, 26 November 2021

5pm: Regisation closes for electoral material distributed on election day.

Close of regisation for third-party campaigners.

Monday, 29 November 2021

5pm: Close of postal vote apppcations.

Friday, 3 December 2021

Close of pre-poll voting period.

Saturday, 4 December 2021

Election day.
8am – 6pm

Close of capped expenditure period.

1pm: iVote apppcations close.

6pm: End of regulated period for electoral material.

6pm: iVote voting closes.

Monday, 6 December 2021

6pm: iVote receipt portal closes.

Friday, 17 December 2021

6pm: Return of completed postal vote certificates closes.

Monday, 20 December 2021

Conduct of distribution of preferences.

Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Conduct of distribution of preferences.

Progressive declaration of results.

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Conduct of distribution of preferences.

Progressive declaration of results.

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Progressive declaration of results.

Friday, 28 January 2022

Last day to lodge poltical donations disclosures for July-December 2021.

Office of Local Government Resources

The Office of Local Government has a number of guides for those thinking of becoming Councillors.

Displaying Election Signage

Election signs are regulated under the Election Act 2017 and State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

The Election Act (section 184) requires that advertising material, including signs and posters, cannot be displayed on or within land or buildings occupied, used by, or under the control or management of the Crown, NSW Government agencies, or a Council. Additionally, advertising on private land or buildings can only be undertaken with the written consent of the owner, or the property is owned or jointly owned by the candidate.

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Subdivision 13 (Election signs) of Division 2 of Part 2) specifies that election signs must—

  1. not be more than 0.8m2 in area, and
  2. if on the site of a heritage item or draft heritage item—not be attached to a building, and
  3. be displayed by or on behalf of a candidate at an election referred to in clause 2.106 or the party (if any) of any such candidate, and
  4. be displayed in accordance with any relevant requirements of the Act under which the election is held, and
  5. be displayed only during the following periods—
    1. 5 weeks immediately preceding the day on which the election is held,
    2. the day on which the election is held,
    3. 1 week immediately following the day on which the election is held.

Local Government Election Voting Information

Albury City Council elections are administered by the NSW Electoral Commission.

What happens if I don’t vote?

Voting is compulsory for AlburyCity Council residents.

If you do not vote and you don't have a valid reason, you will be fined $55 by the NSW Electoral Commission. Apparent failure to vote notices are distributed within three months of an election event.

Council does not issue the fines and more information about penalties for not voting is available at NSW Electoral Commission.

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