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Local Government elections postponed

The NSW local council elections planned for September 2020 have been postponed.

You can read more about the government’s decision to postpone the elections here.

The resources on this page will be left in place, in anticipation of a new date for elections being announced and as a guide for future planning.




Local council elections are held every four years. Orange’s last election was held three years ago in 2017, along with other councils which were delayed by proposed council mergers.

The next election brings Orange’s electoral cycle back into synch with councils across the state.  126 of 128 local councils in NSW will hold elections in the next round. Balranald and Central Darling Councils will not be holding elections.

This page provides :

  • key dates
  • resources for people considering standing for election
  • information for candidates who have decided to stand
  • information about past elections

Key dates

These dates no longer apply since the postponement of the 2020 election. They are here as a guide for future planning.

Monday, 3 August 2020

  • Lodgement of nominations begins.
  • Roll closes for confirming candidates.
  • Lodgement of postal vote applications begins.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

  •  Close of nominations for candidates at 12 noon.
  •  Close of funding registration of candidates and groups at 12 noon.
  •  Registration of electoral material (how-to-vote cards) for distribution on election day begins.

Thursday, 13 August 2020

  •  Ballot paper draw(s) conducted at the office of the returning officer for each area 10am.

Monday, 31 August 2020

  •  Pre-poll voting period commences. Note: days and times of operation will vary for each location.

Friday, 4 September 2020

  •  Close of registration of electoral material (how-to-vote cards) 5pm.

Monday, 7 September 2020

  •  Close of postal vote applications 5pm.

Friday, 11 September 2020

  •  Close of pre-poll voting period.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

  •  Election day – polling places open from 8am-6pm.

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

  •  Results will be declared when counting is completed during the period Friday, 18 September to Tuesday, 29 September.

Thinking about standing for election to Orange City Council?

A number of events and brochures are available to assist people considering whether to stand for election in September.

After the success of a seminar in October 2019 attended by around forty people, another workshop is planned for Thursday 4 March.

This event was held in October 2019.


The Office of Local Government has produced this brochure about the role of an elected member of a council.

Stand for Your Community Candidate Guide

Once you’ve decided to stand for election, there are a number of legal requirements for all candidates in NSW.

Before a candidate or group of candidates can accept a political donation or make payments for electoral expenditure they must first register for the election.

This page on the NSW Electoral Commission website includes information about the requirement to register as a candidate.


For research purposes, this page includes links to results from recent Orange local council elections.

These records are held by the NSW Electoral Commission.

2017 Orange council election

In 2017, the community of Orange elections included a direct election of the mayor for the first time.

2017 Mayoral election results

2017 Councillor election results

2012 Orange Council election

As well as the election of councillors, in 2012, the Orange election included a referendum about a proposed change for the direct election of the mayor.

2012 Referendum on direct mayoral elections

2012 Councillor election results

2008 Orange council elections

2008 Councillor election results