Nomination Process

Nomination is the process by which a person applies to become a candidate for an election.

For more detailed information on the nomination process please refer to the relevant Handbook and forms.

State elections

Nominations cannot be made before the Writs are issued, and the date by which nominations must be made is specified in the Writs. This is commonly referred to as ‘nomination day’. Provided a person meets all other eligibility requirements, if they are on the electoral roll at 6pm on the day the Writs issue, they can nominate for a State election.

Legislative Assembly

Legislative Assembly candidates can be enrolled in any electoral district in New South Wales. They do not need to be enrolled in the District they are contesting.

Nomination occurs either by endorsement of a registered political party on the State Register of Parties, or 15 electors enrolled in the District the candidate is contesting.

Legislative Council

There are a number of nomination scenarios possible for the Legislative Council depending on whether a candidate is an independent, endorsed by a registered political party, whether there are sufficient candidates to form a group, or whether registered political parties wish to form a composite group.

Local Government elections

Nominations for a councillor or a Mayor can occur through endorsement by a political party registered in the Local Government Register of Parties or by electors as follows:

  • Mayor – by at least 2 electors enrolled in the council area;
  • Councillor in an undivided council – by at least 2 electors enrolled in that council area; or
  • Councillor in a divided council (wards) – by at least 2 electors enrolled in the ward the candidate is contesting.

A person cannot nominate:

  • more candidates for councillor than the number to be elected in a council area/ward;
  • more than 1 candidate for the office of mayor;
  • themselves.