Candidates & groups

The 6 steps to being a candidate (and forming a group of candidates) at the Local Council elections

Please click on the + symbol at the end of each step to view the expanded information

The information below is based on legislation and processes at the date of publication. If the legislation changes, the information below will be updated. Prospective candidates should regularly check this page for updated information.

Candidates and groups must register and appoint a person as their official agent before accepting political donations or making payments for electoral expenditure. Registration is a separate process to being nominated as a candidate for the election (see step 4).

If you do not register with the NSWEC as a candidate or group you must still complete a nomination form to have your name included on the ballot paper (see step 4) and appoint an official agent by noon on Nomination Day.

A candidate can appoint themselves as their own official agent. A group can appoint a group member as the official agent for the group.

All official agents (even if you are your own agent) must complete the NSWEC’s online training for agents (or have certain professional qualifications) and submit a form to the NSWEC by noon on Nomination Day.

Penalties (including a fine of $2,750) may apply if you do not appoint an official agent.

Use the applicable form below to register for the election and appoint your official agent:

Candidate and group registrations close at 12 noon on Nomination Day.

If you do not apply to be registered for the election use the applicable form below to appoint your official agent:

Find out more information about registering for the election and appointing an agent.

Official agents are responsible for managing the political donations and electoral expenditure of candidates and groups.

There are strict legal requirements for political donations and electoral expenditure that must be complied with. This includes that there are now caps on political donations at local council elections.

Find out more information about campaign finances.

Nominations for the election open on Monday, 31 July and close at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, 9 August 2017.

Nominations must be lodged with the Returning Officer for the relevant Council area. The address of each Returning Officer’s office will be available on this website closer to Monday, 31 July 2017.

Once nominations have been processed, a list of candidates will be available on this website.

All electoral material (how to votes) that is to be distributed on Election Day by Registered Political Parties, groups, candidates, and any other person or organisation must be registered with and approved by the Electoral Commissioner.

It is an offence to distribute electoral material on Election Day unless the material has been registered by the Electoral Commissioner. ‘Distribution’ also means the placement of electoral material that can be collected by electors.

The link to the Registration of Electoral Material system will appear below from Nomination Day.

Every candidate and group must disclose political donations and electoral expenditure to the NSWEC following the end of the financial year. Even if a candidate or group has nothing to disclose a “nil” disclosure form must still be submitted.

Financial records must be kept from the election campaign to ensure complete and accurate disclosure.

The NSWEC will advise all official agents following the end of the financial year of the disclosure requirements.

Find out more information about disclosure.

Which councils are having elections?

Council Name Amalgamated councils Election status
Albury City Council Not holding an election
Armidale Regional Council Armidale Dumaresq, Guyra Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Ballina Shire Council Not holding an election
Balranald Shire Council Not holding an election
Bathurst Regional Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Bayside Council Botany Bay, Rockdale Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Bega Valley Shire Council Not holding an election
Bellingen Shire Council Not holding an election
Berrigan Shire Council Not holding an election
Blacktown City Council Not holding an election
Bland Shire Council Not holding an election
Blayney Shire Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Blue Mountains City Council Not holding an election
Bogan Shire Council Not holding an election
The Council of the Shire of Bourke Not holding an election
Brewarrina Shire Council Not holding an election
The Council of the City of Broken Hill Not holding an election
Burwood Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Byron Shire Council Not holding an election
Cabonne Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Camden Council Not holding an election
Campbelltown City Council Not holding an election
City of Canada Bay Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Canterbury-Bankstown Council Bankstown, Canterbury Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Carrathool Shire Council Not holding an election
Central Coast Council Gosford, Wyong Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Central Darling Shire Council Not holding an election
Cessnock City Council Not holding an election
Clarence Valley Council Not holding an election
Cobar Shire Council Not holding an election
Coffs Harbour City Council Not holding an election
Coolamon Shire Council Not holding an election
Coonamble Shire Council Not holding an election
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council Cootamundra, Gundagai Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Cowra Shire Council Not holding an election
Cumberland Council Auburn, Holroyd, Parramatta Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Dubbo Regional Council Dubbo, Wellington Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Dungog Shire Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Edward River Council Conargo, Deniliquin Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Eurobodalla Shire Council Not holding an election
Fairfield City Council Not holding an election
Federation Council Corowa, Urana Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Forbes Shire Council Not holding an election
Georges River Council Hurstville, Kogarah Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Gilgandra Shire Council Not holding an election
Glen Innes Severn Shire Council Not holding an election
Goulburn Mulwaree Council Not holding an election
Greater Hume Shire Council Not holding an election
Griffith City Council Not holding an election
Gunnedah Shire Council Not holding an election
Gwydir Shire Council Not holding an election
Hawkesbury City Council Not holding an election
Hay Shire Council Not holding an election
Hilltops Council Boorowa, Harden, Young Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
The Council of the Shire of Hornsby Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
The Council of the Municipality of Hunter's Hill Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Inner West Council Ashfield, Leichhardt, Marrickville Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Inverell Shire Council Not holding an election
Junee Shire Council Not holding an election
Kempsey Shire Council Not holding an election
The Council of the Municipality of Kiama Not holding an election
Ku-ring-gai Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Kyogle Council Not holding an election
Lachlan Shire Council Not holding an election
Lake Macquarie City Council Not holding an election
Lane Cove Municipal Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Leeton Shire Council Not holding an election
Lismore City Council Not holding an election
City of Lithgow Council Not holding an election
Liverpool City Council Not holding an election
Liverpool Plains Shire Council Not holding an election
Lockhart Shire Council Not holding an election
Maitland City Council Election managed by the Council
Mid-Coast Council Gloucester, Great Lakes, Greater Taree Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Mid-Western Regional Council Not holding an election
Moree Plains Shire Council Not holding an election
Mosman Municipal Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Murray River Council Murray; Wakool Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Murrumbidgee Council Jerilderie, Murrumbidgee Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Muswellbrook Shire Council Not holding an election
Nambucca Shire Council Not holding an election
Narrabri Shire Council Not holding an election
Narrandera Shire Council Not holding an election
Narromine Shire Council Not holding an election
Newcastle City Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
North Sydney Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Northern Beaches Council Manly, Pittwater, Warringah Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Oberon Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Orange City Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Parkes Shire Council Not holding an election
City of Parramatta Council Auburn, Holroyd, Hornsby, Parramatta, The Hills Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Penrith City Council Not holding an election
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Not holding an election
Port Stephens Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Palerang, Queanbeyan Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Randwick City Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Richmond Valley Council Not holding an election
Council of the City of Ryde Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Shellharbour City Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Shoalhaven City Council Not holding an election
Singleton Council Not holding an election
Snowy Monaro Regional Council Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Snowy River Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Snowy Valleys Council Tumbarumba, Tumut Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Strathfield Municipal Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Sutherland Shire Council Not holding an election
Council of the City of Sydney Not holding an election
Tamworth Regional Council Not holding an election
Temora Shire Council Not holding an election
Tenterfield Shire Council Not holding an election
The Hills Shire Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Tweed Shire Council Not holding an election
Upper Hunter Shire Council Not holding an election
Upper Lachlan Shire Council Not holding an election
Uralla Shire Council Not holding an election
The Council of the City of Wagga Wagga Not holding an election
Walcha Council Not holding an election
Walgett Shire Council Not holding an election
Warren Shire Council Not holding an election
Warrumbungle Shire Council Not holding an election
Waverley Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Weddin Shire Council Not holding an election
Wentworth Shire Council Not holding an election
Willoughby City Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Wingecarribee Shire Council Not holding an election
Wollondilly Shire Council Not holding an election
Wollongong City Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Woollahra Municipal Council Election run by the NSW Electoral Commission
Yass Valley Council Not holding an election