NSW Local Council Elections
Saturday 10 September 2016

General information

An election will be held on Saturday 10 September 2016 to elect a popularly elected Mayor and 8 Councillors.

Becoming a Councillor

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Councillor?

A range of information is available for people interested in standing for election to Council, including a candidate handbook, seminars for potential Councillors, and nomination forms.

Key election dates

1 August 2016 Close of rolls (6:00pm)
Nominations open
4 August 2016 Pre nominations briefing (6:00pm)
10 August 2016 Close of nominations (12:00 noon)
Ballot paper draws ( 3:00pm )
Registration of electoral material (how-to-vote) opens
17 August 2016 Postal voting commences
17 August 2016 Post nominations candidate briefing (6:00pm)
29 August 2016 Pre-poll voting commences
2 September 2016 Registration of electoral material closes (5:00pm)
5 September 2016 Postal vote applications close (5:00pm)
9 September 2016 Pre-poll voting closes (6:00pm)
10 September 2016 Election Day (8:00am to 6:00pm)
12 September 2016 Return of postal votes closes (6:00pm)

Enrol to vote

Claims for inclusion in the Roll of Non-Residential Owners of Rateable Land or the Roll of Occupiers and Rate Paying Lessees by using one of the two forms:

Australian Election Company

Council has appointed Australian Election Company to conduct the 2016 Council election. All enquiries in relation to Council’s election should be directed to Australian Election Company by free call to 1800 224 420 or email to help@austelect.com. Their website may be visited at:

Returning Officer's office

The Returning Officer's office is located at shops 2 & 4, Centrepoint Arcade, 14 Smith Street, Kempsey, NSW.

The office will be open 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday from Monday 11 July.

Postal address:
PO Box 10, Kempsey NSW 2440

Office - 02 6566 3350
Mobile - 0475 456 606

02 8003 9813