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Local Government elections

Local council elections are held every four years. The next election brings Orange’s electoral cycle back into synch with councils across the state, after it was delayed while a possible council merger was pending.

This page provides

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

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

Key dates

Key DatesInformation
Monday, 28 June 2021Nominations Online Management System available to prospective candidates in late June/early July.
Monday, 26 July 2021Lodgement of postal vote applications open.
Lodgement of nominations open.
6pm: Close of roll for the purposes of being a candidate, nominator and roll printing.
Thursday, 5 August 202110am: Conduct of ballot paper draw.
Friday, 27 August 20215pm: Close of registration of electoral material.
Close of registration for third-party campaigners.
Friday, 3 September 2021Close of pre-poll voting period.
Thursday, 1 July 2021Capped expenditure period opens.
Wednesday, 4 August 202112 noon: Close of nominations and close of registration of candidates and groups.
Registration of electoral materials open
Monday, 23 August 2021Pre-poll voting period opens.
Monday, 30 August 20215pm: Close of postal vote applications.
Saturday, 4 September 2021Election day.
8am – 6pm
Close of capped expenditure period.

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 is running a series of prospective Councillor Workshops as the local government elections approach. 

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 will 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.

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