Local Government Elections

1. Local Government Elections Postponed until 4 December 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, but due to the current COVID-19 situation the election had been postponed for another three (3) months. 

The Local Government Elections will now be held on Saturday 4 December 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 December 2021 will therefore serve a term of three years until 2024.

2. COVID-19 Information

The NSW Electoral Commission has been collaborating with NSW Health to identify and implement COVID-safe measures for the elections that are scheduled for 4 December.  The election date is set under NSW legislation.

Given the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation in Greater Sydney, however, we continue to liaise closely with NSW Health and other NSW Government agencies about managing the impact of COVID-19 on the elections. The NSW Election Commission website will be updated and information sent out by Bulletin if we are notified of any changes to the election arrangements because of COVID-19.

3. Candidate Details

Details of the candidates for councillors can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission Website

4. Working at the Local Government Elections

Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in December. 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.

5. 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.

Pre-poll is open at the following locations:

Cabonne Council
101 Bank Street, Molong
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Orange Region Returning Officer's Office
123 Endsleigh Avenue, Orange
Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm

Postal voting

Postal vote applications will commence on 26 October 2021. 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 5.00pm Monday, 29 November 2021.

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.

Please note that additional eligibility criteria apply for this election to provide for COVID-safe voting, i.e. any elector who:

  • is a permanent or temporary resident in a hospital, nursing home, retirement village or similar facility;
  • is self-isolating because of COVID-19 related reasons;
  • reasonably believes that attending a polling place on election day will pose a risk to the health or safety of the person, or of another person, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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, 29 November 2021.

Applications can be delivered between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday to:

NSW Electoral Commission
Centralised Postal Vote Count Centre
Grace Pavilion – Sydney Showground
Gate 10 Australia Ave,
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

or posted 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.

Braille Ballot Papers

Electors who are blind or have low vision can apply for braille ballot papers.

Applications for braille ballot papers must be made to the NSW Electoral Commission by 6pm on 26 July 2021 in writing via email to pva@elections.nsw.gov.au or over the phone by calling 1300 135 736.

Braille ballot papers can be posted to an elector’s enrolled address or an alternative address or delivered to an early voting centre (during pre-poll) or voting centre (on election day) within the elector’s council area, where the elector will complete them in person.

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 25 October 2021.

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

6. Key Dates for Council Election Candidates

Date Key Event 
22 September 2021
  • Last day to lodge annual electoral expenditure disclosures for 2020/21
 25 October 2021
  • Lodgement of nominations open
  • Start of regulated period for electoral material
  • 12 noon: Receipt of the council resolution and final poll/referendum questions
  • Close of electoral rolls (6pm)
  • Candidate nominations open
 26 October 2021
  • Postal vote applications open
 3 November 2021
  • Close of candidate nominations (12pm)
  • Registration of electoral materials commences
 4 November 2021
  • Conduct of ballot paper draw (10am)
 5 November 2021
  • Caretaker period commences 
 22 November 2021
  • iVote applications and voting opens
  • Pre-poll voting period opens
  • Display of registered electoral material on the NSW Electoral Commission website commences. 
 26 November 2021
  • Registration of electoral material closes (5pm) 
 27 November 2021
  • Declared institution voting commences 
 29 November 2021
  • Postal vote applications close (5pm) 
  • Last day to apply to be registered a a third-party campaigner
 3 December 2021 
  • Declared institution voting closes (6pm)
  • Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
 4 December 2021
  • Election day (8am-6pm) 
  • Close of capped expenditure period
  • iVote applications close (1pm)
  • End of regulated period for electoral material (6pm)
  • iVote voting closes (6pm)
 5 December 2021
  • iVote receipt portal closes
 17 December 2021
  • Return of postal vote certificates closes (6pm) 
 20 December 2021 
  • Conduct of distribution of preferences
 21 - 23 December 2021
  • Conduct of distribution of preferences
  • Progressive declaration of results
28 January 2022
  • Last day to lodge political donations disclosures for July-December 2021


7. Where to vote on Election Day

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

8. Resources

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