Australian Election Company: NSW Local Government Elections, 2021
Local Government Elections in New South Wales on December 4, 2021
The Hon In accordance with the provisions of subsection 318C of the Local Government Act 1993, the Member of Parliament for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, has set the date of December 4, 2021 as the day on which the ordinary elections for all councils in the state of New South Wales will take place.
You can view the final results of the election by clicking on the following link:
The order confirmation can be accessed through this link.
Both of the following are included as the Notice of Election and Call for Nomination Proposals for the respective city councils:
The following is a list of each City Council's Notice of Contested Election, which can be found below:
The Australian Election Company has been awarded the contract for the role of Electoral Services Provider for the NSW Council Elections, which are scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Under this contract, the Australian Election Company will manage, conduct, deliver, and report the results of the elections for Fairfield City Council and Penrith City Council.
The New South Wales Electoral Commission was in charge of managing the elections for all other councils that will take place on December 4, 2021.
You can view the final results of the election by clicking on the following link:
Additional information can be found on the following websites:
The following individuals will serve as Returning Officers for the Elections:
Judith McGowan is the official tallying officer.
Graham, Vija, is serving as the Deputy Returning Officer.
Returning Officer: Peter Herrmann
Deputy Returning Officer: Glenn Schuil
Prairiewood, New South Wales, 443 Smithfield Road
Telephone number: 02 9642 0399
Email: fairfield [email protected] com
St. Marys, New South Wales, 216 Queen Street
The office number is 435 640 156.
Send an email to penrith. [email protected] com
Important dates for election-related events:
The following table contains a list of the most important dates related to the elections for Fairfield City Council and Penrith City Council that will take place on December 4, 2021:
Postal voting has begun, and nominations are now open. Applicants may now submit their applications.
Reg Clause 288
Opening of Registration for Electoral Material (including instructions on how to vote)
Reg Clause 356P (4)
The voting period for declared institutions comes to an end (subject to COVID restrictions).
Who is qualified to vote in the elections for the Fairfield City Council and the Penrith City Council?
Residential electors, or electors who are enrolled on the Commonwealth/NSW Electoral Roll, are the only electors who are required to vote in the NSW Council Elections. Everyone who is an Australian citizen and is at least 18 years old and lives in the country must be registered on the electoral roll for their current address.
If you go to the website of the New South Wales Electoral Commission and click on the following link, you will be able to check your enrollment and sign up for an election reminder service. Electoral Enrollment can be completed online, where it is also possible to modify or update the information you have provided. You also have the option of obtaining a form and pre-paid envelope from any office of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), as well as the Electoral Commission of New South Wales. It is possible to return the form to an AEC office via mail, fax, email, or even personal delivery. After your submission has been checked over, the AEC will write you an acknowledgement advice and send it to you. If after four weeks you have not received your advice, you should get in touch with the AEC by sending an email to [email protected] or calling 13 23 26.
On October 25, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., the voter rolls for the Fairfield City Council and Penrith City Council Elections will be closed. These elections will take place on December 4, 2021.
Owners of property in a Council Area who do not live in the Council Area but who want to vote in elections held for the Council Area where they own property are considered to be "Property Owners Who Live Outside the Council Area." are able to submit an application to the General Manager of the relevant Council in order to appear on the Occupiers and Rate Paying Lessees Roll of Electors or the Non-residential Roll of Electors for that Area. Electors who are included on these Rolls are not required to exercise their right to vote. To reiterate, the cutoff date for the receipt of finished Enrollment Claims is the 25th of October, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Details About the Candidates
You can access the Notice of Election as well as the Call for Nomination Proposals by clicking on the following:
The nomination period will begin on the 25th of October 2021 and end at noon on the 3rd of November 2021.
The Post Nominations Closure Briefing will be conducted by our Returning Officers on either November 4 or 5, 2021, and candidates will be informed of the specific details at that time.
Upon the acceptance of a nomination, our Returning Officers will send you a kit that contains a Candidate Guide in addition to other materials that are pertinent to the election. The contact information for our Returning Officer can be found down below.
Telephone number: 02 9642 0399
Email: fairfield [email protected] com
The office number is 435 640 156.
Send an email to penrith. [email protected] com
Downloadable copies of the Candidate Guide will be made available at this location: AEF 378 – Candidate Guide NSW Local Govt Elections
It is recommended that individuals who are considering running for public office look at the following website for additional information: www.olg.nsw.gov.au/public/my-local-council/become-a-councillor.
The provisions relating to Election Candidate and Group Registration, Campaign Funding, and Disclosure that are associated with all NSW Council Elections are administered and controlled by the NSW Electoral Commission. BEFORE accepting political donations or incurring electoral expenditures, and most importantly BEFORE nominating to Councils' Returning Officers' to be a candidate at the Elections, ALL Council Election Candidates are required to apply to be registered for the election through the NSW Electoral Commission. This must be done before they can accept political donations.
On the website www.elections.nsw.gov.au, you can find information that pertains to the pre-requisite registration with the NSW Electoral Commission as a candidate or group, as well as information that pertains to the funding, campaign, and disclosure requirements that are mandated by the NSW Electoral Commission.
Submission of Nominations for Election
Candidates who are considering running for office should familiarize themselves with the Local Government Act of 1993 and the Local Government (General) General Regulation 2021, which contain comprehensive information on the prerequisites and requirements for nomination.
Candidates should consult an attorney of their own choosing regarding any areas in which they have questions or concerns regarding requirements, qualifications, issues, or matters of interpretation.
In relation to matters of a legal nature, neither the Returning Officers nor the Australian Election Company will offer any information or advice.
Any candidate has the responsibility to ensure that their nomination is complete and made to (received by) the applicable Council Returning Officer by the closing of nominations, which for the 2021 elections for the Fairfield City Council and the Penrith City Council will take place on November 3, 2021 at 12 p.m. respectively.
Note: It is reiterated that the NSW Electoral Commission is in charge of administering and controlling the Candidate/Group Registration, Election Funding, Campaign, and Disclosure provisions associated with the NSW Council Elections, and that ALL Council Election Candidates must apply to be registered for the election through the Electoral Commission of NSW. prior to incurring electoral expenditures, accepting political donations, or nominating oneself to Council Returning Officers in order to run as a candidate in the 2021 Elections, one must fulfill all of the aforementioned requirements.
The following information is only of a general nature and has been provided for your convenience.
The Returning Officers are the ones who are in possession of the Nomination Forms.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE That Nomination Forms with a date that is prior to the opening of nominations on October 25th, 2021, will NOT be accepted.
Candidates have the option of forming groups if they wish in the event that there will be elections for two (2) or more councillors. A claim to form a group must be submitted by the close of nominations with each candidate's signature on it. Additionally, groups have the ability to make a request for a group voting square; however, there needs to be a minimum of two (2) groups making such a request in order for group voting squares to be included on the relevant ballot paper. You are welcome to download the "Claim for Grouping of Candidates" form, which is designated as "AEF 217 – Claim for Grouping of Candidates."
At the time of nomination, the deposit of $125 for an individual candidate can be paid in cash or by a check drawn on a financial institution that accepts deposits. Personal cheques are not acceptable The use of a credit card, BPAY, or a postal order to make a payment is also not permitted. Nevertheless, the Election Manager is willing to take payments for deposits via EFT. Before noon on November 3, 2021, the deposit must have been received by the Returning Officer at the latest.
There is a "discount cap" of 5 that applies to deposits. 00 where a group includes more than five (5) candidates and the nominations for all candidates included in that group as well as the 5 where the group includes more than five (5) candidates. A deposit of $0.00 is paid, and a request to be included in a group form, along with the completed form, are both submitted at the same time. However, if the group request form, the deposit, and the nomination forms are not all submitted at the same time, then the $125 fee will be assessed. 00 deposit per nomination is applicable
The following forms are required to be submitted as soon as a candidate (or candidates) submits their nomination:
- Form 2 or Form 3 Nomination Proposal, Completed, as Applicable
- A filled-out and signed Candidate Information Sheet (with the JP's signature serving as a witness)
- Statistical Information Sheet that has been filled out (this is optional for a by-election).
- Make your case for the grouping of candidates (if it applies).
- Cash, "Bank" Cheque, or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for the Nomination Deposit(s).
A nomination will not be considered valid in the absence of a fully filled out Candidate Information Sheet. Before the end of the day on November 3, 2021, the Returning Officer must have valid nominations in their possession. Nominations can be submitted in person, through the mail, by fax, by email, or online through a website or electronic nomination system that has been pre-approved. When nominations are submitted via email, an image of the completed nomination paper that has been signed by both the proposers and the person who is being proposed for nomination is either included in the email itself or attached to the email. Additionally, the image of the actual signatures that appear on the nomination paper is also included in the image. In situations in which email is involved, the nomination will not be made unless, in addition to the completed Nomination paper, the completed Candidate Information Sheet; the completed Statistical Information Sheet; and the Nomination Deposit were received by the Returning Officer before the deadline of 12 p.m. on November 3, 2021.
Note that candidates are required to register with the NSW Electoral Commission in a separate capacity before the day of nominations.
The proposed candidates' full names and affiliations are listed here.
The following nominations have been received, and they will gradually be made available for inspection at the office of the Returning Officer as well as on this website here.
The following is a table that includes individual nominations for positions on the Fairfield City Council:
The following is a table that includes group nominations for positions on the Fairfield City Council:
The following is a table that lists each individual nomination for the position of Penrity City Councillor:
The following is a table that lists the groups that have put in nominations for Penrith City Council:
The day after the deadline for nominations, the Returning Officers of each contested election will make an official announcement of the candidates and conduct draws to determine which positions will appear on the ballot. After 10:00 am on November 4th, 2021, a draw will be held to determine which positions on the ballot will be used.
Both the candidates' surnames and one of their given names are printed on each ballot. Candidates have the option of requesting that the word "Independent" appear below their name. On the ballot, the affiliation (or an abbreviated affiliation) of candidates who have been nominated by registered political parties will be printed.
Direction from the Manager of Elections – Distribution of Electoral Materials
Arrangements for the COVID-19 pandemic Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 – Direction under Regulation 356TB Handing out electoral materials This page contains the Regulation 356TB Election Manager Direction that can be accessed here.
According to the Direction given by the election manager, the standard requirement that canvassers not encroach within six (6) meters of the entrance of a polling location has been extended to one hundred (100) meters to provide appropriate social distancing for this election in order to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19. This was done in order to provide appropriate social distancing. according to paragraph 356TB (2) (b) of the regulation found in the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021
In accordance with the Direction, no electoral material may be distributed or displayed for collection in a publicly owned or occupied area (such as on a footpath or on a school fence, for example). This includes the handing out of such materials. that is within one hundred meters of the entrance to a pre-poll office or a polling place, on days when voting is taking place
In addition, it is prohibited to display any electoral material in a publicly owned or occupied area (such as on a footpath or on a school fence) within one hundred meters of the entrance to a pre-poll office or a polling place. This includes, but is not limited to, posters, advertisements, signs, bunting, flags, A-frames, corflutes, and other similar items. on voting days, unless the electoral materials are set up and displayed before 7:00 am; unless they are compliant and lawful; and unless they do not pose a risk to the public or get in the way of voting;
Electoral materials that have been established and displayed prior to 7:00am on a polling day are required to remain at their "in situ" placement location and may not be adjusted or removed until after 7:00pm on polling days. This rule applies even to materials that need to be re-secured at their original location as a result of weather events.
In the event that an election official has reason to believe that a person has violated the Regulation 356TB (2) (b) Direction, that election official has the authority to remove and confiscate any tangible electoral material, or to cause such material to be removed and confiscated. It is possible to destroy electoral materials that have been removed and confiscated in accordance with Regulation 356TB.
To the attention of all political participants, in particular, particular attention is drawn to Divisions 8-10 inclusive of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021, which include the full gamut of compliance provisions and requirements.
When the voting takes place
Applications for the right to vote by mail can be submitted beginning on the 25th of October 2021 and continuing until the 29th of November 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Application forms for the postal vote can be found here (Form 7, which is titled Application For Postal Vote).
Beginning on the 22nd of November in 2021, pre-poll voting will be open, and it will remain open until the 3rd of December at 6:00 p.m.
The locations of pre-poll voting offices as well as their hours of operation will be listed here in due course.
During pre-poll voting, there will be special COVID safe requirements and mitigations, as well as those imposed by the New South Wales Government Health.
As a result of the COVID pandemic, it has been decided that voting will not take place in Declared Institutions (such as Retirement Villages, Nursing Homes, and other similar places) on December 4, 2021. Voters who are eligible, on the other hand, can submit an application to vote by mail.
Locations of polling places and places to vote on Election Day
There will be polling places spread out across the entirety of both the Fairfield City Council Area and the Penrith City Council Area. These Polling Places are typically situated within establishments such as Schools, Community Halls, and the like, as is customary. Polling Booth (Attendance) Voting Will Be Subject To Special COVID Safe Requirements And Mitigations, As Well As Those Issued By The New South Wales Government Health Department
In due time, specific information regarding the localities of each and every Polling Place will be provided on this page. Just prior to the day of the election, the locations of the polling places will also be reported in the regional newspapers. The locations of Polling Places will also be included on the websites of the Council, and they will be listed here both in alphabetical order (by name) and in ward order.
- Locations of voting in Fairfield
- Polling Locations in Penrith
Instructions on how to vote materials
In order to comply with the requirements of the legislation, links to materials explaining how to vote are provided below in the order that the ballots were drawn.
- The City Council of Fairfield
- The City Council of Penrith.
Voting prior to the day of the election, which will be on December 4, 2021
You have the option of voting by pre-poll or by mail if you are unable to vote in person on Election Day, which is on Saturday, December 4, 2021, or if you are not going to be in the area where you are registered to vote. Voting in advance will begin on 22 November 2021, and applications for a postal vote will be accepted beginning 25 October 2021 and continuing until 5:00 pm on 29 November 2021.
You are able to submit an application for a postal vote if you are concerned about COVID preventing you from voting in person.
The locations of early voting centers and the hours they are open will be posted on this website and advertised in the neighborhood newspapers. On Friday, December 3, 2021, voting will end for all preliminary polls at 6:00 p.m.
Because of COVID-19 and the capacity restrictions on venues, the Election Manager has decided that no scrutineers will be allowed to enter a Polling Place or Pre-Poll Venue while Voters are in the Venue, unless the scrutineer is assisting an elector at the request of the elector. In this case, the scrutineer will be permitted to enter the venue.
At this stage, it is proposed that Scrutineers will be allowed to scrutinize the count of ballot papers in Polling Places after the venue has closed and counting has begun. This proposal is always subject to current Health Orders, however. However, due to capacity limitations at each venue, it is suggested that only one scrutineer attend each venue, regardless of whether the candidate is grouped or ungrouped.
Scrutineers are required to record their attendance using a QR code upon entry, wear a badge at all times, and comply with all COVID-19 safety procedures, which may include the wearing of face masks, as directed by the officer in charge.
Results of the 2021 Election on Election Night
After the polls close for each election, the election results will be posted gradually on the respective election websites, and they will be accessible via the progressive links provided below.
- 2021 Progressive Election Results
Software for Tabulating Votes – Certification
The proportional system for counting votes is outlined in Schedule 5 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021, and the Australian Election Company uses software to carry out the counting of votes in accordance with this system. This page contains documentation certifying that the software in question complies with the applicable laws.
At 216 Queen Street in St. Mary's, New South Wales, you'll find the Ballot Count Centre, where the ballot papers for the council election will be scanned.
Are you interested in working the election, either as a polling official or in a casual capacity?
We are looking for people to work during the election, and if you are interested in working as a Polling Official or Election casual, please let us know.
- during the final days before the election;
- on the day of the election (4 December), and
- during the time after the election
Download the application form for the local area in which you are interested in working if you are interested in applying for this position:
When you are finished filling out the form, you can either hand it in at the Returning Officer's Office or send it to the following email address:
In the event that you have any questions, please contact us via the following means, either by sending an email or calling:
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