Council Elections

Local Elections of Councillors and the Lord Mayor are normally held on the second Saturday of September in every 4th year. Note, due to Newcastle City Council being the subject of a proposed amalgamation, the September 2016 election date was deferred. However, Council is no longer the subject for an amalgamation and the election date is now Saturday 9 September 2017.

What happens if I don't vote?

You will most likely receive a $55 fine. Council does not issue the fines and cannot overturn them. More information about penalties for not voting is available on the  NSW Electoral Commission website.

Residential Roll

All electors residing in the Newcastle City Council local government area, who are enrolled on the Commonwealth/State electoral roll, will be included on the roll for the election. If you have moved to Newcastle since the last election, you will need to update your enrolment to vote in the election. (Note - enrolments for the September 2017 Council election close on 31 July 2017).

To check your enrolment details, or to obtain an enrolment form, visit  or phone 1300 135 736.

Resident enrolment forms are also available from any Australia Post office.

Non-Residential Roll

If you own property (or are a rate-paying lessee or occupier of rateable land) within the Newcastle City Council Local Government Area that is not your primary residence, you (or a nominee) may be entitled to enrol as a non-residential owner of rateable land.
Claims for inclusion on the non-residential roll must be made on the prescribed application form, which is available from the following link:
 Non-Resident Enrolment Form (pdf)

Note - applications for inclusion on the non-residential roll close on 31 July 2017.

Candidate Information

If you intend to stand as a candidate (ie. as a Councillor or Lord Mayor) at the upcoming September 2017 elections, there is a range of explanatory information materials available on the  NSW Electoral Commission website.  If you have any enquiries about becoming a candidate, please contact the NSWEC Candidate Helpdesk on telephone 1300 088 942.