Candidates are entitled to appoint scrutineers in writing to observe all of the following count processes.
All ballot papers for Mayor and Councillor will undergo an initial count, and a check count, before the distribution of preferences to determine the elected candidate(s).
Referendum and Poll papers will undergo an initial count, and depending on the closeness of the result, may require a check count.
From 6.00pm Election Day, initial counts will commence in each polling place.
From 6.00pm Election Day, initial counts will commence in the Returning Officer’s office for declaration vote categories eg: pre-poll, postal, silent etc. Initial counts for declaration vote categories will continue in the Returning Officer’s office from Election Sunday onwards.
Mayor Check Count
From 9.00am Election Sunday onwards, the check count will commence in the Returning Officer’s office.
Only after all ballot papers have been check counted will the distribution of preferences to determine the elected Mayoral candidate occur. The earliest this can occur is the morning of the Tuesday after Election Day.
Referendums and Polls Check Count
The check count, if required, will occur later in the week after Election Day and only after all Mayor and Councillor counts have been completed.
Councillor Check Count
The check count will occur in one of 9 nominated centralised count centres. This involves the batching (preparation of ballot papers for data entry), and data entry of ballot papers using the NSW Electoral Commission’s (NSWEC) counting computer system.
A schedule of the estimated batching and data entry times will be made available on the NSWEC’s Virtual Tally Room. It should be noted that this schedule may change and candidates, scrutineers, media and the public should continually check the schedule for updates.
Locations of Counts
The centralised count centres are located at:
Armidale RO Office: 122 Faulkner Street, Armidale NSW 2350
Edward River RO Office: Deniliquin Multi-Arts Centre, 58 Cressy Street, Deniliquin NSW 2710
Federation RO Office: 231 Sanger Street, Corowa NSW 2646
Murray River RO Office: 35 Mellool Street, Barham NSW 2732
Murrumbidgee RO Office: CWA Hall, 37-39 Carington Street, Darlington Point 2706
Newcastle Count Centre: Newcastle Exhibition Hall, Brown Road, Broadmeadow NSW 2292
Orange Count Centre: 10 Elwyn Drive, Orange NSW 2800
Queanbeyan Count Centre: 1-5 Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Riverwood Count Centre: Unit 11, Riverwood Business Park, 100 Belmore Road, Riverwood NSW 2210
Counting will commence on Election Sunday, 10 September and it is estimated all counts will be completed by Saturday, 16 September.
|Council Area||Returning Officer’s Address||Centralised Count Centre|
|Armidale||122 Faulkner Street, Armidale NSW 2350||Armidale RO Office|
|Bathurst||250 Howick Street, Bathurst NSW 2795||Orange Count Centre|
|Bayside||1007 Botany Road, Mascot NSW 2020||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Blayney||250 Howick Street, Bathurst NSW 2795||Orange Count Centre|
|Burwood||Level 1, 2 Conder Street, Burwood NSW 2134||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Cabonne||123-125 Moulder Street, Orange NSW 2800||Orange Count Centre|
|Canada Bay||Level 1, 2 Conder Street, Burwood NSW 2134||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Canterbury-Bankstown||Level 1, 194-198 Lakemba Street, Lakemba NSW 2195||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Central Coast||2/1 Reliance Drive, Tuggerah NSW 2259||Newcastle Count Centre|
|Cootamundra-Gundagai||88 Parker Street, Cootamundra NSW 2590||Queanbeyan Count Centre|
|Cumberland||17 Northumberland Road, Auburn NSW 2144||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Dubbo||88-90 Macquarie Street, Dubbo NSW 2830||Orange Count Centre|
|Dungog||Dungog Council Chambers, 198 Dowling Street, Dungog NSW 2420||Newcastle Count Centre|
|Edward River||Deniliquin Multi-Arts Centre, 58 Cressy Street, Deniliquin NSW 2710||Edward River RO Office|
|Federation||231 Sanger Street, Corowa NSW 2646||Federation RO Office|
|Georges River||Level 2, 2 Belgrave Street, Kogarah NSW 2217||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Hilltops||71 Lynch Street, Young NSW 2594||Queanbeyan Count Centre|
|Hornsby||Level 2, 185 Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby NSW 2077||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Hunters Hill||9 Church Street, Hunters Hill NSW 2110||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Inner West||373-383 Illawarra Road, Marrickville NSW 2204||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Ku-ring-gai||Level 1, 828 Pacific Highway, Gordon NSW 2072||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Lane Cove||Lane Cove Council, 48 Longueville Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Mid-Coast||Stocklands, Shop 16, 3-17 Breese Parade, Forster NSW 2428||Newcastle Count Centre|
|Mosman||4 Bond Street, Mosman NSW 2088||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Murray River||35 Mellool Street, Barham NSW 2732||Murray River RO Office|
|Murrumbidgee||CWA Hall, 37-39 Carrington Street, Darlington Point NSW 2706||Murrumbidgee RO Office|
|Newcastle||473 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300||Newcastle Count Centre|
|North Sydney||Level 3, 1 James Place, North Sydney NSW 2060||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Northern Beaches||Unit 2, 192 Harbord Road, Brookvale NSW 2100||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Oberon||250 Howick Street, Bathurst NSW 2795||Orange Count Centre|
|Orange||123-125 Moulder Street, Orange NSW 2800||Orange Count Centre|
|Parramatta||Parramatta Town Hall, 182 Church Street, Parramatta NSW 2150||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Port Stephens||72 Port Stephens Street, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324||Newcastle Count Centre|
|Queanbeyan-Palerang||1-5 Morisset Street (entrance via Morrisset Street car park) Queanbeyan NSW 2620||Queanbeyan Count Centre|
|Randwick||Randwick Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick NSW 2031||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Ryde||Ryde Bowling Club, 11 Blaxland Road, Ryde NSW 2112||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Shellharbour||Old Council Chambers, 172 Shellharbour Road, Warilla NSW 2528||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Snowy Monaro||88 Vale Street, Cooma NSW 2630||Queanbeyan Count Centre|
|Snowy Valleys||31-33 Wynyard Street, Tumut NSW 2720||Queanbeyan Count Centre|
|Strathfield||Level 1, 2 Conder Street, Burwood NSW 2134||Riverwood Count Centre|
|The Hills||Level 2, 72-74 Cecil Avenue, Castle Hill NSW 2154||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Waverley||Waverley Park Pavilion, Waverley Oval, 49C Bondi Road, Bondi Junction NSW 2022||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Willoughby||Unit 7, 12-18 Clarendon Street, Artarmon NSW 2064||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Wollongong||32-34 Auburn Street, Wollongong NSW 2500||Riverwood Count Centre|
|Woollahra||Sherbrooke Avenue, Double Bay NSW 2021||Riverwood Count Centre|