Shoalhaven 2021 Local Government Election

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The Local Government (Council) Elections have been postponed to Saturday, 4 December 2021.

Eligible voters will be electing the councillors and mayor who will represent our community for the next three years.

In the Shoalhaven, there are two polls in Local Government Elections. One is for the popularly elected Mayor and the other to elect four (4) Ward Councillors for each of the three Wards. To find out which Ward you are in, go to the My Area page and enter your address details.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions on this page for information about voting. The Australian Electoral Commission manages the electoral roll and can help you enrol or update your details.

Information about voting locations will be posted here soon.

Are you interested in being nominated as a candidate for Shoalhaven City Council?

If you are passionate about what happens in your local community, becoming a councillor is an opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of the community.

For information about how to become a candidate, and to view recordings of the Electoral Commission's candidate webinars, visit the Six Steps to Being a Candidate web page.

More information about becoming a candidate here.

The Office of Local Government has also published guidance for potential candidates:

Do you have property in the Shoalhaven but are not a resident? Join the non-residential roll

If you are not a resident, you may be entitled to vote if you own, occupy or lease property in the Shoalhaven Local Government Area (LGA) as a corporation, business or individual. You will have to be registered on Shoalhaven City Council’s non-residential roll. You may only cast one vote within a council area, even if you own more than one property.

If you are on a non-residential roll, you do not have to vote. It is still compulsory that you vote in the area where you are on the residential roll. You can check your residential enrolment at check.aec.gov.au or by calling the Australian Electoral Commission on 13 23 26. Council does not hold electoral information for local residents.

These forms are to request inclusion on the non-residential roll. If you do not wish to join you do not have to do anything.

You need to fill out the Individual Claim Form if you are either:

  • an owner of rateable land in the Shoalhaven LGA
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the Shoalhaven LGA.

If you own, occupy or lease the property with other people, including family members, you must nominate who will be voting on behalf of everyone and fill out the Nomination Claim Form.

Registration for inclusion on the non-residential roll for the 2021 Council election closes at 6.00pm on 25 October 2021. If we have already received your claim form, you do not need to re-apply.

Completed forms may be lodged by:

More information is available on the NSW Electoral Commission webpage and in the Frequently Asked Questions on this webpage.

Alternatively, you can make an enquiry through the 'Questions' tool on this webpage below, by emailing governance@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or calling 02 4429 3316.

The Local Government (Council) Elections have been postponed to Saturday, 4 December 2021.

Eligible voters will be electing the councillors and mayor who will represent our community for the next three years.

In the Shoalhaven, there are two polls in Local Government Elections. One is for the popularly elected Mayor and the other to elect four (4) Ward Councillors for each of the three Wards. To find out which Ward you are in, go to the My Area page and enter your address details.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions on this page for information about voting. The Australian Electoral Commission manages the electoral roll and can help you enrol or update your details.

Information about voting locations will be posted here soon.

Are you interested in being nominated as a candidate for Shoalhaven City Council?

If you are passionate about what happens in your local community, becoming a councillor is an opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of the community.

For information about how to become a candidate, and to view recordings of the Electoral Commission's candidate webinars, visit the Six Steps to Being a Candidate web page.

More information about becoming a candidate here.

The Office of Local Government has also published guidance for potential candidates:

Do you have property in the Shoalhaven but are not a resident? Join the non-residential roll

If you are not a resident, you may be entitled to vote if you own, occupy or lease property in the Shoalhaven Local Government Area (LGA) as a corporation, business or individual. You will have to be registered on Shoalhaven City Council’s non-residential roll. You may only cast one vote within a council area, even if you own more than one property.

If you are on a non-residential roll, you do not have to vote. It is still compulsory that you vote in the area where you are on the residential roll. You can check your residential enrolment at check.aec.gov.au or by calling the Australian Electoral Commission on 13 23 26. Council does not hold electoral information for local residents.

These forms are to request inclusion on the non-residential roll. If you do not wish to join you do not have to do anything.

You need to fill out the Individual Claim Form if you are either:

  • an owner of rateable land in the Shoalhaven LGA
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the Shoalhaven LGA.

If you own, occupy or lease the property with other people, including family members, you must nominate who will be voting on behalf of everyone and fill out the Nomination Claim Form.

Registration for inclusion on the non-residential roll for the 2021 Council election closes at 6.00pm on 25 October 2021. If we have already received your claim form, you do not need to re-apply.

Completed forms may be lodged by:

More information is available on the NSW Electoral Commission webpage and in the Frequently Asked Questions on this webpage.

Alternatively, you can make an enquiry through the 'Questions' tool on this webpage below, by emailing governance@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au or calling 02 4429 3316.

  • Thinking of nominating as a candidate for your local council?

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    If you’re considering nominating as a candidate for the 2021 NSW Local Government elections, you should read this notice. It provides general guidance about the process of nominating, and candidates’ obligations and responsibilities. Prospective candidates should seek their own independent legal advice if they are unsure whether they are eligible to run for public office in a local council or how the law applies to their specific circumstances.

    Nominate as a Mayor or Councillor

    To nominate as a Mayor or Councillor you must lodge a nomination form, either by delivering it to the Returning Officer or by using the Electoral Commission’s online nomination system. Nominating incorporates the following:

    • Part A – Candidate details
    • Part B – Nominator details
    • Part C - Candidate information sheet
    • Part D – Statistical information sheet and
    • A nomination deposit.

    Grouping of Councillor candidates on the ballot paper

    Two or more Councillor candidates may form a group on the ballot paper, and where eligible, request a group voting square (box above the line) be printed on the ballot paper for the group.

    In addition to lodging the nomination form listed above, these candidates must also lodge a Request to form a group form.

    Nomination deposit

    All candidates must pay a nomination deposit of $125 each to the NSW Electoral Commission.

    Where candidates also lodge a Request to form a group, the deposit is capped at $625 for a group of five candidates or more.

    If using the online nominations system, the deposit must be paid by either MasterCard or VISA.

    If using paper nomination forms, the nomination deposit must be paid by cash or bank or building society cheque.

    Start your nomination now

    The NSW Electoral Commission’s online nominations system is now available at elections.nsw.gov.au

    You can start the process of nominating online now.

    Alternatively, paper nomination forms are available by calling the Commission’s candidate helpdesk on 1300 022 011.

    Lodge your nomination

    Nominations can be lodged online from Monday 26 July and close 12 noon, Wednesday 4 August. Late nominations will not be accepted.

    However, if using paper nomination forms, you must lodge your nomination and deposit with the Returning Officer for the council area in which you intend to stand as a candidate. Returning Officer office locations can be found on the Elections NSW website.

    Registration for electoral funding purposes

    NSW has strict laws that regulate the election campaign finances of political parties, candidates and groups at the election. These include requirements to operate a campaign account, and to record and disclose political donations and electoral expenditure. In addition, there are caps on political donations and electoral expenditure.

    Prior to being nominated, candidates and groups can separately apply to the NSW Electoral Commission to be registered for electoral funding regulation purposes. Only once successfully registered is a candidate or group allowed to accept political donations and pay for electoral expenditure.

    Forms for applying to be registered as a candidate or group are available on the Commission’s website. Online registration is also now available.

    Applications for electoral funding purposes close on Wednesday 4 August 2021.

    From 5 August 2021, all nominated candidates will be deemed to be registered and all will take on significant legal obligations for record-keeping and making disclosures. Even already-registered candidates who decide not to nominate will have some ongoing electoral funding law obligations.

    To learn more go to elections.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-disclosure. Enquiries about being registered and the laws that apply to political donations and electoral expenditure should be sent to fdc@elections.nsw.gov.au.

    Candidate Handbook and webinars

    A Candidate Handbook will be made available on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website.

    Educational webinars which assist candidates in navigating the process are also available.

    Ballot paper draw

    A draw to determine the order of groups (where applicable) and candidate names on the ballot paper will be conducted at the office of the relevant Returning Officer at 10am, Thursday 5 August 2021.

    The ballot paper draw may be observed in person by candidates, representatives of registered political parties and the media, subject to the capacity of the Returning Officer’s office and COVID-19 safety measures. Attendees will be required to register their attendance via the Service NSW app and to comply with physical distancing requirements. Attendees may also be required to wear a face mask.

    Further information:

    • Visit elections.nsw.gov.au
    • Email the candidate helpdesk candidates@elections.nsw.gov.au
    • Call the candidate helpdesk 1300 022 011.

    If you are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment, please contact the NSW Electoral Commission through the National Relay Service (NRS). Choose your access option and ask for 1300 135 736.

    If you need an interpreter, please call TIS National on 131 450 and ask them to call the NSW Electoral Commission on 1300 135 736.

  • Local Election Work Opportunities

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    Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in September.

    Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people to have their say. There are positions available during the election period and on election day itself.

    More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

    If you have any enquiries regarding this information, please call 1300 135 736 (Mon- Fri, 9am- 5pm) or email eoi@elections.nsw.gov.au.