Council Elections


Local Government Elections are a chance for you to have your say and elect a Council which represents you. As a resident, here is what you need to know.

2021 Council Elections

On Saturday 4 December 2021, the election of Mayor and 12 Councillors will take place in Fairfield. Council has appointed the Australian Election Company  (AustElect) to conduct these elections. Voting at these Elections is compulsory.

Information regarding the administration and participation in Local Government Elections for Fairfield City Council is available here.

Key election dates are as follows:

  • Monday 25 October 6.00pm: Nominations Open, Close of Rolls, Non-Residential Roll applications due
  • Thursday 28 October 6.00pm: Prospective Candidates Information Session
  • Wednesday 3 November 12.00pm (noon): NOMINATION DAY - Close of nominations, Registration of Electoral Material commences
  • Thursday 4 November  6.00pm: Candidates Information Session
  • Monday 22 November: Pre-poll voting opens
  • Friday 26 November 5.00pm: Registration of Election Material closes
  • Saturday 27 November: Declared Institution voting commences
  • Monday 29 November 5.00pm: Postal vote application closes
  • Friday 3 December 6.00pm: Declared Institution voting closes, Pre-poll voting closes
  • Saturday 4 December 8.00am-6.00pm: ELECTION DAY
  • Friday 17 December 6.00pm: Return of Postal Votes closes

From Monday 18 October 2021, enquiries can be directed to the Returning Officer, Judy McGowan on 9642 0399 email: or the Substitute Returning Officer, Vija Graham on 9642 0399 email:

An elections flyer provides information regarding the elections and polling places. Click here to see the elections flyer(PDF, 2MB).

We will update this page as more information is made available.


Casual positions available

Vacancies now open for Electoral Officials for Fairfield City Council's Election, apply today!

The Local Government Elections are being held on Saturday 4 December 2021. Council has appointed the Australian Election Company (AustElect) to conduct these elections. 

AustElect is undertaking a recruitment drive for a range of positions available during the election period ie. pre-poll, Election Day and count. Key considerations include:

  • Payment for these positions is determined by the electoral services provider, AustElect, not Council.
  • Some of the days will be long hours eg. 7.00am to midnight.
  • You must be available for the whole time you are required to work.
  • Experience in working at elections is desirable.

How to apply:

  1. Download and complete the Application for Employment as Election staff (Fairfield).
  2. Send the completed form to

To be considered for employment at the Council election you must be registered on the NSW or Federal Electoral Roll.

Please direct any queries about working at the 2021 Fairfield Council Elections to AustElect on 1800 224 420. 

Non-residential roll

If you are not a resident, you may be entitled to vote in the Fairfield Council elections, if you own, occupy or lease property in the Fairfield LGA as a corporation, business or individual. You will have to be registered on Fairfield Council’s non-residential roll. A non-residential roll is only valid for the council election it is prepared for, so you must re-enrol for every election.

You can enrol on the non-residential roll, if you are:

  • an owner of rateable land in the Fairfield LGA; or
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the Fairfield LGA.

You will need to fill out the Individual Claim form. If you own, occupy or lease the property with other people, you must nominate who will be voting on behalf of everyone and fill out the Nomination Claim form.

For more information on non-residential enrolment, visit the NSWEC website.

Once you have completed the form, send it to the City Manager using any of the below methods:

  • By hand: 86 Avoca Road Wakeley
  • By post: PO Box 21 Fairfield 1860

Registration for inclusion on the non-residential roll for the 2021 Council election closes at 6.00pm on 25 October 2021.

For more information on local government elections, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Are you enrolled to vote?

If you are a resident in the Fairfield Local Government Area (Fairfield LGA), you can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission.

Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021.

Please note VOTING IS COMPULSORY and fines apply if you fail to vote.

Council’s election will be conducted by an electoral services contractor, the Australian Election Company and not the NSW Electoral Commission.

A Returning Officer will be available from 18 October 2021.

Detailed information from the Election Contractor about all aspects of the election can be found here.

If you are on the NSW electoral roll and would like to get an email or text message reminder whenever a local government or state election is coming up, register on the Service NSW website for the NSW Electoral Reminder Facility.

How to vote

Early Voting Options

You may be entitled to a postal or pre-poll vote.

If you cannot get to a Polling Place on Election Day you can vote in one of the following ways:

  1. You can vote prior to the day at a Pre Poll venue. These are listed on the Council website and advertised in the local newspapers.
  2. Obtain a postal vote Application Form from the Returning Officer or the AustElect website.

Postal Voting

It will be necessary to complete an application for a postal vote.  The application is returned to our Election Office for processing.  If all is in order ballot material is forwarded to the elector’s nominated address by post. 

If you wish to make a postal vote you need to make an application with Council’s Election Office.  Please call 9642 0399 no later than 5pm on Monday 29 November 2021 to make a postal vote application (No conditions apply).

Alternatively email for postal vote applications and general enquiries. 

Pre-poll Voting

Is undertaken at the office of the Returning Officer or at a nominated Pre Poll venue.  The Pre Poll Officer will check your enrolment on the relevant voter’s roll (Certified List) and if all is in order will issue the ballot paper(s).  The votes are completed immediately and placed in the ballot boxes provided.

Pre-poll voting is available at the following locations, days and times.

Monday 22 November to Friday 3 December 2021 (excluding Sunday 28 November 2021) 

Pre-Poll Polling Place Address Hours Open to Vote
Cabravale Leisure Centre

30 Broomfield Street Cabramatta

9.00am – 6.00pm (M,T,W,F)
9.00am – 8.00pm (Thurs)
8.00am - 6.00pm (Sat)

Fairfield Council Administration Centre Avoca Road Wakeley 9.00am – 6.00pm (M,T,W,F)
9.00am – 8.00pm (Thurs)
8.00am - 6.00pm (Sat)
Fairfield Community Centre

25 Barbara Street Fairfield
9.00am – 6.00pm (M,T,W,F)
9.00am – 8.00pm (Thurs)
8.00am - 6.00pm (Sat)
Fairfield Showground Waratah Room

Smithfield Road Prairiewood
9.00am – 6.00pm (M,T,W,F)
9.00am – 8.00pm (Thurs)
8.00am - 6.00pm (Sat)

Election Day - Where can I vote?

Provided you are enrolled for your current home address, the easiest way to vote is to cast your vote at a Polling Place within Fairfield Local Government Area.  Essentially you need to vote at a Polling Place in your enrolled Ward.

Locations of Polling Places are published in the local newspapers in the lead up to Election Day and on Council’s website.  Refer to Overview tab.

The Polling Places on Saturday 4 December 2021 are open at 8.00am and close at 6.00pm.

What happens if I don’t vote?

Voting in Local Government Elections is compulsory for Fairfield electors.  If you don’t vote, you render yourself liable to a penalty and you may be fined.  Additional court costs may be incurred if the fine is not paid by the due date. 

When are Local Government Elections held?

Under the Local Government Act 1993, Council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every four years.

The next Local Government election will be on Saturday 4 December 2021. 

Council encourages everyone who can vote to make their vote count by participating in the elections.

How are Local Government Elections conducted?

Councils have options for conducting their elections:

  • The NSW Electoral Commission
  • An electoral services provider

Fairfield City Council determined on Tuesday 6 August 2019 that an electoral services provider will be conducting its elections in September 2020. The Council resolution is as follows that:

  1. In light of the changes to legislation, Council engage an electoral services provider to administer the Local Government Elections for 2020. 
  2. It be noted that, at this time, the City Manager has not identified an electoral services provider to be engaged for the Local Government Elections for 2020, as expressions of interest have only recently closed. 

Further, Council determined on 22 October 2019 to enter into a contract for the provision of the elections with the Australian Election Company.

How the Result is Declared

At the close of polling, staff at the polling place conduct an initial count of votes and make an initial determination as to the formality of the votes. They record the results before transferring the ballot papers to a central counting area to check and record votes again.

Postal votes, pre-poll votes, votes from Declared Institutions (hospitals and nursing homes) are also added to the tallies to determine the final result.

On 20 December 2021, the Returning Officer for the Fairfield City Council elections officially notified the City Manager of the results for the Council term December 2021 to September 2024.

For the election results, click here.

After the Election

After each Local Government election, the Office of Local Government surveys all councils. A report provides information about the representation of the community on local councils. The report identifies:

  • Councillors and candidate demographics such as gender, age and experience
  • Election trends over time

Becoming a Councillor - Information Session

To assist prospective candidates prepare for the upcoming local government elections, Council will be hosting a Becoming a Councillor Information Session.

The Information Session will be held on Thursday 28 October 2021 for people considering running as a candidate at the Council elections to be held on Saturday 4 December 2021.

The program will enable those interested in becoming a Councillor to gain a better understanding of the role and responsibilities as an elected member of Council.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key requirements of becoming a Councillor;
  • Recognise how the role of Councillor fits in with other roles and various levels of government;
  • Address key expectations and potential challenges in becoming a Councillor;
  • Know how the Councillor role fits in with the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework
  • Understand key elements of Council meetings including Code of Conduct and conflict of interest.

The Information Session will be held on Thursday 28 October 2021 from 6.00pm at the Council Administration Centre, Avoca Road Wakeley in the Staff Lunch Room and online for those unable to attend in person.

For those wishing to attend the Information Session, please contact Council on 9725 0226 or email: to register.

Candidate Information Session Video:   Information Session for Prospective Candidates 2021

Screenshot of YouTube video which links to the presentation about how to become a Councillor

Click here to watch YouTube video for the presentation of the Prospective Candidates Information Session about becoming a Councillor


Becoming a Councillor

Nominations will be called for positions on the Council as of Monday 25 October 2021. Intending candidates must complete and submit their nomination to the Returning Officer by noon on Wednesday 3 November 2021. 

The NSW Electoral Commission website contains detailed information pertaining to candidate/group registration, funding, disclosure and campaign requirements and matters; please consult the NSW Electoral Commission at or telephone 1300 022 011.

In addition, the Office of Local Government website has publications which give an overview of the role of a Councillor and how to nominate as a candidate for the local government election. 

Past Election Results

2021 Election Results

The 2021 election was held on 4 December 2021.

This report(PDF, 1MB) has been prepared in accordance with the Council's obligations under Section 393A of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 which requires the General Manager to report on the election.


2016 Election Results

The 2016 election was held on 10 September 2016

You can find details on the election process in the 2016 Council Election Report.

Declaration of the Mayoral Election:

Declaration of Results of Councillor Election By Ward:

For the election results, please use the links provided below: