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
Could you work for the NSW Electoral Commission at the council election?
|25 Oct 2021||Close of electoral rolls (6pm)
Candidate nominations open
|03 Nov 2021||Close of candidate nominations (12pm)
Registration of electoral materials commences
|05 Nov 2021||Caretaker period commences|
|22 Nov 2021||Pre-poll voting opens|
|26 Nov 2021||Registration of electoral material closes (5pm)|
|27 Nov 2021||Declared institution voting commences|
|29 Nov 2021||Postal vote applications close (5pm)|
|03 Dec 2021||Declared institution voting closes (6pm)
Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
|04 Dec 2021||Election day (8am-6pm)|
|17 Dec 2021||Return of postal votes closes (6pm)|
|21 – 23 Dec 2021||Results 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.
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.
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