Council Elections 2021

Overview

The next election for Wingecarribee Shire Council will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Government postponed the 2020 Local Government elections for 12 months. Councillors elected at the 2021 election will serve for a three year term before the subsequent election in September 2024. 

More is available from the NSW Electoral Commission website. 

NSW Electoral Elections

Non-Residential Roll

What is a non-residential roll?

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 a 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.

Why do non-residential rolls exist?

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

Who manages the non-residential rolls?

It is the responsibility of the general manager of the council to maintain the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land and the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees. After each election, the non-residential rolls lapse. Then as soon as is practicable, the general manager prepares new rolls for the next election and keeps them updated. If you applied to be on a roll previously and are still qualified to be on that roll, you should be included on the new roll.

Is it compulsory to be on a non-residential roll if I am eligible to be?

No.

Is it compulsory to vote if I am on a non-residential roll?

No, if you are on a non-residential roll, you do not have to vote and will not receive a fine for not voting. It is still compulsory that you vote in the area where you are on the residential roll.

Can I enrol and vote more than once in the same council area?

No. If you are a resident of a council area then you are not permitted to also enrol as a non-resident in that area.

Non-residents who own, occupy, or pay rates on multiple parcels of land in the same area may only be enrolled once for that area. This also applies to corporations, trustees and joint/several owners, occupiers and rate paying lessees of multiple parcels of land – they may nominate only one person to be enrolled on each non-residential roll, if eligible.

Who is eligible to be on a non-residential roll?

You must be eligible to vote at Federal or State elections to be on a non-residential roll. Your eligibility must be based on land within the council area and must not only be used as a car park.

To be on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land, you must be:

  • The sole owner of the rateable land, or
  • Nominated as the elector by the joint or several owners of the rateable land, or
  • Nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who own the rateable land, or
  • The lessee of the land from the Crown and the land is rateable Crown land.

To be on the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees, you must be:

  • The sole occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land, or
  • Nominated as the elector by the joint or several occupiers or ratepaying lessees of the rateable land, or
  • Nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who occupy or are the ratepaying lessee of the rateable land, and have the legal right to occupy the land, or be responsible for paying all or part of the rates on the land for 3 years following the date you apply to be on the roll.

How do I apply to be on the non-residential roll?

Use the Form for individual owners, occupiers and ratepaying lessees or Form for nomination of an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees to apply to be on a non-residential roll. The general manager of Wingecarribee Shire Council will advise you within 7 days if your enrolment was accepted. 

Please note that your completed form must be received by 6.00pm (AEST) on Monday 26 July 2021. 

Form for individual owners, occupiers and ratepaying lessees(PDF, 87KB)

Form for nomination of an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees(PDF, 105KB)

 

How can I check what roll I am on?

You can check your residential enrolment at check.aec.gov.au or by calling the AEC on 13 23 26.

Contact Wingecarribee Shire Council to check whether you are enrolled on a non-residential roll.

Can I inspect the non-residential rolls?

The general manager will make the latest copy of the non-residential rolls available for public inspection during office hours at Wingecarribee Shire Council, once it has been prepared. Contact Wingecarribee Shire Council if you have questions or concerns about your non-residential enrolment.

Voting Eligibility 

If you're a resident in the Wingecarribee Shire Local Government Area, you can check if your enrolment details are up to date, by visiting the Australian Electoral Commission.

Become 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 to represent the interests of residents.

To learn more about registration, nomination, election campaign finances, voting and other election processes, as well as important dates and deadlines, go to the NSW Electoral Commission website at elections.nsw.gov.au.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Councillor?

If you are passionate about what happens in your local community becoming a councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents. Learn more at www.olg.nsw.gov.au/public/my-local-council/become-a-councillor

For more information about registration, nomination, election campaign finances, voting and other election processes, as well as important dates and deadlines, go to the NSW Electoral Commission website at www.votensw.info or www.elections.nsw.gov.au

When are the next local government elections?

The next election for Wingecarribee Shire Council will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Government postponed the 2020 Local Government elections for 12 months. Councillors elected at the 2021 election will serve for a three year term before the subsequent election in September 2024. 

Where can I learn more about Council operations, strategies and plans?

Your first stop should be our Strategies and Plans and our Council Reports which provide a great overview of the work undertaken.

Visit Integrated Planning and Reporting to read the Community Strategic Plan, Operational Plan, Budget, Delivery Plan, Resourcing Strategy and Long Term Financial Plan.

For information about council meetings, organisation chart, committees, plans and much more visit our main Council section.  

Local Election Work Opportunities

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

Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy, by helping people to have their say. There are number of positions available during the election period and on election day itself. More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission Website.

 Roles available at local government elections