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
|Monday, 28 June 2021||Nominations Online Management System available to prospective candidates in late June/early July.|
|Monday, 26 July 2021||Lodgement 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 2021||10am: Conduct of ballot paper draw.|
|Friday, 27 August 2021||5pm: Close of registration of electoral material.
Close of registration for third-party campaigners.
|Friday, 3 September 2021||Close of pre-poll voting period.|
|Thursday, 1 July 2021||Capped expenditure period opens.|
|Wednesday, 4 August 2021||12 noon: Close of nominations and close of registration of candidates and groups.
Registration of electoral materials open
|Monday, 23 August 2021||Pre-poll voting period opens.|
|Monday, 30 August 2021||5pm: Close of postal vote applications.|
|Saturday, 4 September 2021||Election 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.
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