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Local Government elections postponed

The NSW Government has announced a new date for the local government elections. It will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021. The decision has been made after extensive consultation with and on advice from the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health due to the COVID-19 situation.

The Office of Local Government has prepared these FAQs with more detailed information about the change of date.

This page provides:

  • key dates
  • resources for people considering standing for election
  • information for candidates who have decided to stand
  • information about past elections
  • Non-Residential Roll forms

The NSW Electoral Commission runs the local government elections for the Orange LGA. Visit the NSW Electoral Commission website for further information and to check your enrolment.

Could you work for the NSW Electoral Commission at the council election?

Working for the NSW Electoral Commission at a local council 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. Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in December.
More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, can be found on this page of the Electoral Commission website.

Key dates

Key DatesInformation
25 Oct 2021 Close of electoral rolls (6pm)

Candidate nominations open
03 Nov 2021Close of candidate nominations (12pm)

Registration of electoral materials commences
05 Nov 2021 Caretaker period commences
22 Nov 2021Pre-poll voting opens
26 Nov 2021 Registration of electoral material closes (5pm)
27 Nov 2021Declared institution voting commences
29 Nov 2021Postal vote applications close (5pm)
03 Dec 2021 Declared institution voting closes (6pm)

Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
04 Dec 2021Election day (8am-6pm)
17 Dec 2021Return of postal votes closes (6pm)
21 – 23 Dec 2021Results declared progressively as counts are finalised by election manager

Thinking about standing for election to Orange City Council?

To help Orange residents decide whether they’d like to stand for election on Orange City Council, and to help them understand the election process, Orange City Council has run series of  workshops for prospective councillors. 

You can find out more about the sessions here, including these videos with current members of Council.

Topics covered include legislated responsibilities of candidates and councillors, the election process and the rules around campaigning.  A forum with a panel consisting of Orange City Council’s CEO David Waddell and two councillors was also be held.

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.

The NSW Electoral Commission website includes information about the requirement to register as a candidate.

This page on the Commission website has recently been updated with video recordings of their candidate webinars.

The NSW Office of Local Government has released their Elections 2021 Candidate Handbook which contains a range of information for candidates.

Non-residential roll

If you own rateable land in the Orange local government area but don’t live here, or if you are a rate-paying lessee you ae entitled to have a vote in the local government elections for Orange.

You need to fill out a non-residential roll form to be included.

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.

You can check your residential enrolment at check.aec.gov.au or by calling the AEC on 13 23 26.
Or contact Orange council to check whether you are enrolled on a non-residential roll.

For more information on the non-residential roll, click here

Past election results

2017 Orange council election

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

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.

2008 Orange council elections