NSW Local Council Elections 2016

The NSW Local Council Elections were held on Saturday, 10 September 2016 (Tweed Shire Council’s elections were postponed until Saturday, 29 October 2016).

Some councils have had their elections deferred and as such were unable to participate in the 2016 NSW Local Council Elections. For more information, please visit the NSW Government's council merger website.

Additionally, Central Darling Shire Council has been placed under administration and so was unable to participate in these elections.

Conduct of council elections

The NSW Electoral Commission conducted 76 of the 81 NSW Local Council Elections in 2016. Fairfield City Council, Gunnedah Shire Council, Kempsey Shire Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, and Penrith City Council administered their own elections – please contact these councils directly for results and further information.

What happens if I didn’t vote?

If an elector is on the roll for a council having an election and they don't vote, they will receive a penalty notice. Find out what to do next.


View results for NSW Local Council Elections conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission in September and October 2016.

Political donations and electoral expenditure must be disclosed

Financial records from the election campaign must be kept to ensure complete and accurate disclosure. Political donations and electoral expenditure must be disclosed to the NSWEC after the end of the financial year and must be lodged by 22 September 2017 (or 20 October 2017 for major political donors). There are penalties for non-disclosure.

Find out more information about disclosure.