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 Update
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Government has determined to postpone the September 2020 Local Government elections to Saturday 4 September 2021. This decision is necessary to ensure the health and safety of voters, electoral staff and election. For more information refer to the Office of Local Government The current Mayor and Councillors will continue to hold civic office until the ordinary election is held in September 2021.
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 September 2021.
Council encourages everyone who can vote to make their vote count by participating in the elections.
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.
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.
Individual Claim form(PDF, 230KB)
Nomination Claim form(PDF, 274KB)
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
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for inclusion on the non-residential roll for the 2021 Council election closes at 6.00pm on 26 July 2021.
For more information on local government elections, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.
We will update this page as more information is made available.
Councils have two 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:
- In light of the changes to legislation, Council engage an electoral services provider to administer the Local Government Elections for 2020.
- 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.
At the close of polling, staff at the polling place conduct an initial count of 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.
The Elections Manager will give approval for the Returning Officer to declare the final results of the election.
Council publishes election results:
- On this website;
- At its Administration Centre;
- In the local newspapers.
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