Local Government Enrolment

Right to be enrolled as an elector

Under the Local Government Act 1993 a person entitled to vote at Federal or State elections is entitled to be enrolled as an elector if they are:

  • a resident of the council/ward (residential roll)
  • an owner of rateable land in the council/ward (non-residential roll)
  • an occupier or rate paying lessee of rateable land in the council/ward (non-residential roll).

A corporation is entitled to nominate a person to appear on the roll on behalf of the corporation.

Only one vote in an area

If a person is on the residential roll in a council/ward they cannot be on the non-residential roll for that area. A person/corporation is not entitled to more than one vote in any council area, even if the person/corporation is a multiple owner, occupier or lessee. It is not compulsory to vote for those enrolled on the non-residential roll (except in the Council of the City of Sydney).