Local Government Elections


Local Government Elections - 4 September 2021 

Local Government Elections are held every four years. However, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NSW Government postponed the 2020 election for 12 months.

The Local Government Elections will now be held 4 September 2021.

As advised by the Office of Local Government (OLG), the postponement will not affect the timing of future council elections, and the subsequent ordinary government elections will still proceed in September 2024. (Circular Details: 20-25 / 29 June 2020 / A706318).

Elected Councillors in September 2021 will therefore serve a term of three years until 2024.

Becoming a Councillor

If you're passionate about what happens in your local community, becoming a Councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and represent the interests of residents.

Cabonne Council will be coordinating a Candidate Information Session in June 2021.  The time and date of this information session can be seen below.

To access the latest information on Webinars and Bulletins for Political Participants, visit the NSW Electoral Commission Website.

Women in Local Government

The NSW Government is committed to inspiring and empowering more women to stand for their local community and nominate to run for their local council in the September election.

If you have a strong sense of community and are keen to make a difference in your local neighbourhood, then you should consider nominating for the 4 September 2021 local government elections.

For further information, visit the OLG website.


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.

Candidate Information Session

The candidate information session for Cabonne Council will be held at the Cabonne Council Chambers (101 Bank Street Molong) on Wednesday, 9 June 2021 from 5:30pm to 8pm. 

The session will enable those interested in becoming a councillor to gain a better understanding of the role and responsibilities as an elected member of council. It is suitable for anyone interested in becoming a councillor. 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key requirements for becoming a candidate for election
  • Understand the role of a councillor and how this fits in with other roles and levels of government
  • Understand the role as a member of the governing body and elected member
  • Explore their expectation and potential challenges in becoming a councillor
  • Understand the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework, and how Councillors work within this
  • Identify key elements of council meetings, including code of meeting practice, code of conduct and conflict of interest

Some of the content for the workshop includes:

  • The benefits and importance of Local Government
  • Understanding the role of Council and role of the Councillor
  • A typical council structure
  • Challenges of the role and how to meet them
  • The importance of diverse representation on Council
  • Importance of speaking out on key issues and how to do this confidently
  • An introduction to meeting procedures and rules of debate
  • Support available including information and networks
  • Introduction to local government jargon and what it means, and
  • Putting it together: making the commitment.

For those wanting to register to attend the session, please contact the Cabonne Council General Manager’s Executive Assistant on 6392 3208, or via email to council@cabonne.nsw.gov.au

Key Dates for Council Election Candidates

Date Key Event 
 9 June 2021
  • Candidate Information Session 
  • Cabonne Council Chambers
 26 July 2021
  • Close of electoral rolls (6pm)
  • Candidate nominations open
 6 August 2021
  • Caretaker period commences 
 23 August 2021
  • Pre-poll voting opens 
 27 August 2021
  • Registration of electoral material closes (5pm) 
 28 August 2021
  • Declared institution voting commences 
 30 August 2021
  • Postal vote applications close (5pm) 
 3 September 2021 
  • Declared institution voting closes (6pm)
  • Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
 4 September 2021
  • Election day (8am-6pm) 
 6 September 2021
  • Return of postal votes closes (6pm) 
 From 7 September 2021
  • Results declared progressively as counts finalised by election manager 


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 26 July 2021.

For more information on the non-residential roll, please read the Non-residential roll fact sheet(PDF, 79KB)

Expenditure and Political Donations

If a candidate wishes to accept political donations or make payments for electoral expenditure, the candidate must first register for the election. The registration of a candidate or group of candidates is a separate process to the nomination process that enables candidates and groups to be included on the ballot paper for the election.

The candidate and group registration period is open now.

A registration form must be completed and submitted directly to the NSW Electoral Commission up to 12noon on nomination day i.e. before 12noon, Wednesday 4 August 2021.

A candidate or group is registered once the NSW Electoral Commission has received and processed the registration form. The candidate or group is not permitted to accept political donations or pay for electoral expenditure until registered, or until nominated. More information on the registration process including registration forms can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Registration enquiries should be directed to:


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