Local Government Elections

1. Local Government Elections - 14 September 2024 

Local Government Elections are held every four years. The Local Government Elections will now be held on Saturday 14 September 2024. 

2. Candidate Details

Details of the candidates for councillors will be made available on the NSW Electoral Commission

3. Working at the Local Government Elections

Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in September. Working at an election is a great way to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people have their say. There are positions available during the election period and on Election Day itself. More information can be found by clicking here.

4. Voting Information

Polling venues will be made available on the NSW Electoral Commission website. Residents are encouraged to check the website to ensure their enrolment details are up-to-date.

5. Postal voting

Lodgement of postal vote applications will commence on Monday, 6 August 2024. Electors can apply online, over the phone or by completing a paper form available on the NSW Electoral Commission website. Postal vote applications must be received by the NSW Electoral Commission by 5pm on Monday, 9 September 2024

Any candidate or political party intending to distribute postal vote applications to electors must use the approved form which is available by request to pva@elections.nsw.gov.au. The approved form includes all of the content contained on the two pages of the postal vote application.

If you intend to distribute material that includes the postal vote application, it is recommended that a copy of your final artwork is provided to the NSW Electoral Commission for review to ensure that all legislative requirements have been met prior to going to print. It is an offence under NSW law to distribute material, such as postal vote application packs, that falsely appears to have been made or authorised by the NSW Electoral Commission. Completed postal vote applications returned by electors directly to you need to be submitted to the NSW Electoral Commission for processing at the Centralised Postal Vote Count Centre.

Applications must be received by the NSW Electoral Commission by 5pm on Monday, 9 September 2024. Applications can be delivered between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday to: 

NSW Electoral Commission
Centralised Postal Vote Count Centre
Locked Bag 5051

It is important that applications are returned as soon as possible to the NSW Electoral Commission to ensure that applications are processed, and ballot papers are distributed to electors, in a timely manner.

To support you with the postal voting process throughout the election we recommend you provide us with a contact that our postal vote team can liaise with. This information should be provided by reply email to pva@elections.nsw.gov.au.


6. Non-residential Roll

If you are not a resident, you may still be entitled to vote if you own, occupy or lease property in the Cabonne Council area as a corporation, business or individual.

You may register in your own right as an individual or as a nominated company officer (or equivalent) of a corporation. Registration is not compulsory.

Completed application forms should be sent to Council by email to council@cabonne.nsw.gov.au or by post to PO Box 17, Molong, NSW 2866.

Use the relevant form below for your application:

All applications must be received by 6pm Monday 5 August 2024.

For more information on the non-residential roll, please read the Non-residential role fact sheet.

7. Key Dates for Council Election Candidates

Date Key Event 
01 July 2024
  • Start of the capped expenditure period.
 22 July 2024 Notice and advertising of entitlement to enrol and vote. 
 05 August 2024
  • Start of regulated period for electoral material 
  • 8am: Lodgement of nominations open
  • 6pm: Close of roll for the purposes of being a candidate or nominator
 06 August 2024
  • Lodgement of postal vote application open 
 07 August 2024
  • Notice of advertising of election to nominate
 12 August 2024
  • Half-yearly donations and major political disclosures due
 14 August 2024
  • 12 noon: Close of nomination and close of registration of candidates and groups 
  • Registration of electoral materials open
 15 August 2024
  • 2pm: Ballot paper draw conducted
  • 2pm Uncontested elections declared
 19 August 2024
  • Postal packs distribution begins 
 02 September 2024
  • Display of registered electoral material website commences
 06 September 2024
  • 5pm: Registration of electoral material closes
 07 September 2024
  • Pre-poll voting periods open (Note: days and items will vary for each location)
  • Telephone voting applications and voting opens
 09 September 2024
  • 5pm: Postal vote applications close
  • Registration of third-party campaigners closes
 13 September 2024
  • Pre-poll voting period closes (Note: times will vary for each location)
  • Telephone voting applications close
 14 September 2024
  • 8am - 6pm: Election day
  • 1pm: Telephone voting closes
  • 6pmL Regulated period for electoral material ends
  • End of capped expenditure period
 23 September 2024
  • Last day to lodge annual electoral expenditure disclosure
27 September 2024
  • 6pm: End of postal vote returns


8. Where to vote on Election Day

To find out where polling venues are located on election day click here

9. Resources

If you're interested in becoming a Councillor, useful resources can be found on the OLG website: