Local Council election: Saturday 4 December

NSW Local Government Elections are generally conducted every four years and voting is compulsory.

The next general election will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021 (this follows the Minister for Local Government announcing that the September 2021 local government elections will be postponed due to the current COVID-19 situation). If you'd like to know more about why it was postponed, view the Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 290KB) from the Office of Local Government.

MidCoast Council has eleven elected Councillors who will then choose the Mayor. Find out more about the current Councillors here.

Our current Councillors will continue to hold their civic office until the rescheduled election is held on 4 December 2021.

We will update details of local candidates as they become available. Lodgement of candidate and group nominations open on Monday 25 October and close on Wednesday 3 November.

Our election will be administered by the NSW Electoral Commission. For all information including key dates and registering as a candidate please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website or phone them on 1300 135 736.

Candidate Information Sessions

We held two candidate information sessions to provide information to those considering running for Council about the process of getting elected and representing the MidCoast community.

The sessions were held at Council’s Administration and Customer Service Centre at Yalawanyi Ganya, 2 Biripi Way Taree on 5 July and 8 July.

Information provided included:

  • Important election information from the NSW Office of Local Government, and the NSW Electoral Commission timetable for nominations
  • An overview of the role of local government and the roles and responsibilities of the Mayor and Councillors, along with the qualities of successful councillors
  • Valuable background and understanding of MidCoast Council – an overview of the organisational structure, integrated planning and reporting framework, Council’s fees and expenses, budget, long term financial plan and major projects.

The sessions were facilitated. 

If you missed the sessions, copies of the Office of Local Government and MidCoast Council's Candidate Information Guides are below.

What is the nomination process?

The nomination process, the electoral laws that candidates must comply with and the ongoing obligations of councillors to make disclosures about electoral funding are administered by the NSW Electoral Commission.

For further information for political participants visit the NSW Electoral Commission website, email candidates@elections.nsw.gov.au or phone the Candidate Helpdesk 1300 022 011.

Key Information

The Office of Local Government has a number of guides to assist in providing information those interested in becoming a Councillor.


Information for voters

Voting is compulsory at all NSW local government elections except for council polls.

At the election, you will be asked to vote on which candidates should become a Councillor for the next term of Council (2021 - 2024).

The election will be administered by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Information on how elections work and understanding your responsibilities as a voter is available on the NSW Electoral Commissions website.

Further information about elections, bulletins and key dates can be viewed on the 2021 NSW Local government elections webpage or by phoning 1300 135 736.

A returning officer will be appointed to oversee the election process and once appointed we will advise of their office location and contact details.

Check if you can vote

If you are a resident in the MidCoast Council Local Government Area you can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission.

Please note that MidCoast Council does not hold electoral information for local residents.

Voting as a non-resident in a Council Area

You are eligible to vote as a non-resident in a council area if you are:

  • an owner of rateable land in the council area
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the council area.

Non-residential roll

Non-residential rolls provide people who are non-resident owners, occupiers and rate-paying lessees of rateable land within the MidCoast Council area an opportunity to have a say in who is elected to Council.

There are two non-residential rolls: the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land; and the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees.

These two rolls are combined with the residential roll to form the roll of electors for the Council area, which is used during an election.

The residential roll is the list of people who live in the Council area and are eligible to vote in elections. The forms are available here.

Further information on the non-residential rolls can be viewed here.

Applications to apply for inclusion on the non-residential rolls will be available on this website mid June 2021 and must be received by Council by 6pm (EST) on Monday 25 October 2021.

Election signage

To control the erection of election signage during Federal, State and Local Government elections, road reserve areas are subject to lodgment of a bond and other conditions of compliance with Council.

Election posters are permitted in road reserves during election campaign periods if:

  • an application is made to do so, accompanied by the payment of a refundable bond 
  • the signage conforms with the principles outlined in the below policy and any guidelines issued by the NSW and Australian Electoral Commissions

Election Candidate Campaign Signage Application(PDF, 806KB)

Election Candidate Campaign Signage Policy(PDF, 39KB)