Local Government Elections 2021


In line with the Local Government Act 1993, Council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every four (4) years, meaning that Wagga Wagga City Council's next election is to be confirmed following the Minister for Local Government's announcement that the September 2020 local government elections will be postponed to address the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus. The election has been postponed for 12 months with a possible further extension to 31 December 2021 should the need arise.

Local Government is an elected system of government directly accountable to the local community. Leadership of councils is provided by 'the Council'. This is all of the elected representatives, or Councillors, who work together to provide good governance for the benefit of their local community.

Wagga Wagga City Council's election will be administered by the NSW Electoral Commission and all enquiries should be directed to them on 1300 135 736. The NSW Electoral Commission will appoint a returning officer to oversee the election process. Once the returning officer is appointed and takes up office Council will advise where their office will be located and their contact details.

The below information will outline everything you need to know about running for Council, how and where to vote and important dates and information sessions.

Important Dates

Candidate Information Seminars as below - will be scheduled for 2021 with future dates to be confirmed

  • Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) Workshop “Women in Council”.
  • LGNSW Candidate Briefing
  • “Get Elected” Workshop with Ruth McGowan OAM

Registration is essential for these Seminars. To ensure your place, please register at election2020@wagga.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 292 442

Date to be confirmed

  • Lodgement of Postal Vote Applications opens
  • Nominations open
  • Close of Authorised Rolls (6.00pm)

Date to be confirmed

  • Close of Nominations (12.00 noon)
  • Close of Funding Registration of candidates and groups
  • Registration of Electoral Material (how-to-vote) opens

Date to be confirmed

  • Ballot Paper draw - Returning Officer's office

Date to be confirmed

  • Pre-poll voting period commences

Date to be confirmed

  • Registration of how-to-vote closes (5.00pm)
  • Close of funding registration for third-party campaigners

Date to be confirmed

  • Postal Vote Applications close (5.00pm) - Declared Institutions Voting opens

Date to be confirmed

  • Pre-poll voting closes (6.00pm) - Declared Institutions Voting closes

Date to be confirmed

  • Election Day

Date to be confirmed

  • Return of Postal Votes closes (6.00pm)

The Returning Officer will announce the results of the election approximately 7 - 10 days after polling closes.