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Local Government Elections

About Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

The next local government elections will be held on Saturday, 4 September 2021.

Local government elections in New South Wales are usually held every four years, however the elections planned for 2020 were postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

View the 2021 Local Government elections event page on the Electoral Commission's website.


Voting in local government (Council) elections is compulsory for all electors included on the residential roll.

If you are a resident in the Port Macquarie Hastings Council area, you can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission.

Non residential roll 

If you are not a resident, you may be entitled to vote if you own, occupy or lease property in the local area. The fact sheet below provides more information on the non-residential roll.

Non residential rolls information for councils

Read the below forms, and if you are eligible, please complete the appropriate form below and return it to us by Monday 26 July 2021.

Applications to be on the non-residential roll close Monday 26 July and must be sent to Council marked to the attention of the Group Manager of Governance.

  • By post:  PO Box 84, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
  • By hand: 17 Burrawan St, Port Macquarie
  • By email:

Nominations for candidates open on Monday 26 July 2021 and close Wednesday 4 August 2021.

For information about becoming a candidate, please see the links below that will take you to the NSW Electoral Commission website.

 Enquiries about the election can be sent to


We will be hosting a series of information sessions for those interested in running in the upcoming local election.

There are 4 candidate information sessions set to be hosted around the region.

  • Monday 5 July - 1-4pm at the Laurieton United Services Club
  • Tuesday 6 July - 9am-12noon at Council’s Administration Building, 17 Burrawan St, Port Macquarie
  • Tuesday 6 July - 2pm-5pm at Council’s Administration Building, 17 Burrawan St, Port Macquarie
  • Wednesday 7 July - 9am-12noon, Wauchope Rotary Youth Hall

Click here to register for a session.

The NSW Electoral Commission is also conducting a series of online candidate information sessions.

Click here for more details.

Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in September. Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people to have their say. There are positions available during the election period and on election day itself.

Click here to apply and for more information, including position descriptions, and pay rates.

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This page was last updated on: 25 May 2021