Counting schedules & locations

Counting

Scrutineers

Candidates are entitled to appoint scrutineers in writing to observe all of the following count processes.

Appointment of Scrutineer Form (PDF 60KB)

Initial Counts

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 AreaReturning Officer’s AddressCentralised Count Centre
Armidale122 Faulkner Street, Armidale NSW 2350Armidale RO Office
Bathurst250 Howick Street, Bathurst NSW 2795Orange Count Centre
Bayside1007 Botany Road, Mascot NSW 2020Riverwood Count Centre
Blayney 250 Howick Street, Bathurst NSW 2795Orange Count Centre
BurwoodLevel 1, 2 Conder Street, Burwood NSW 2134Riverwood Count Centre
Cabonne123-125 Moulder Street, Orange NSW 2800Orange Count Centre
Canada BayLevel 1, 2 Conder Street, Burwood NSW 2134Riverwood Count Centre
Canterbury-BankstownLevel 1, 194-198 Lakemba Street, Lakemba NSW 2195Riverwood Count Centre
Central Coast2/1 Reliance Drive, Tuggerah NSW 2259Newcastle Count Centre
Cootamundra-Gundagai88 Parker Street, Cootamundra NSW 2590Queanbeyan Count Centre
Cumberland17 Northumberland Road, Auburn NSW 2144Riverwood Count Centre
Dubbo88-90 Macquarie Street, Dubbo NSW 2830Orange Count Centre
DungogDungog Council Chambers, 198 Dowling Street, Dungog NSW 2420Newcastle Count Centre
Edward RiverDeniliquin Multi-Arts Centre, 58 Cressy Street, Deniliquin NSW 2710Edward River RO Office
Federation231 Sanger Street, Corowa NSW 2646Federation RO Office
Georges RiverLevel 2, 2 Belgrave Street, Kogarah NSW 2217Riverwood Count Centre
Hilltops71 Lynch Street, Young NSW 2594Queanbeyan Count Centre
HornsbyLevel 2, 185 Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby NSW 2077Riverwood Count Centre
Hunters Hill9 Church Street, Hunters Hill NSW 2110Riverwood Count Centre
Inner West373-383 Illawarra Road, Marrickville NSW 2204Riverwood Count Centre
Ku-ring-gaiLevel 1, 828 Pacific Highway, Gordon NSW 2072Riverwood Count Centre
Lane CoveLane Cove Council, 48 Longueville Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066Riverwood Count Centre
Mid-CoastStocklands, Shop 16, 3-17 Breese Parade, Forster NSW 2428Newcastle Count Centre
Mosman4 Bond Street, Mosman NSW 2088Riverwood Count Centre
Murray River35 Mellool Street, Barham NSW 2732Murray River RO Office
MurrumbidgeeCWA Hall, 37-39 Carrington Street, Darlington Point NSW 2706Murrumbidgee RO Office
Newcastle473 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300Newcastle Count Centre
North SydneyLevel 3, 1 James Place, North Sydney NSW 2060Riverwood Count Centre
Northern BeachesUnit 2, 192 Harbord Road, Brookvale NSW 2100Riverwood Count Centre
Oberon250 Howick Street, Bathurst NSW 2795Orange Count Centre
Orange123-125 Moulder Street, Orange NSW 2800Orange Count Centre
ParramattaParramatta Town Hall, 182 Church Street, Parramatta NSW 2150Riverwood Count Centre
Port Stephens72 Port Stephens Street, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324Newcastle Count Centre
Queanbeyan-Palerang1-5 Morisset Street (entrance via Morrisset Street car park) Queanbeyan NSW 2620Queanbeyan Count Centre
RandwickRandwick Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick NSW 2031Riverwood Count Centre
RydeRyde Bowling Club, 11 Blaxland Road, Ryde NSW 2112Riverwood Count Centre
ShellharbourOld Council Chambers, 172 Shellharbour Road, Warilla NSW 2528Riverwood Count Centre
Snowy Monaro88 Vale Street, Cooma NSW 2630Queanbeyan Count Centre
Snowy Valleys31-33 Wynyard Street, Tumut NSW 2720Queanbeyan Count Centre
StrathfieldLevel 1, 2 Conder Street, Burwood NSW 2134Riverwood Count Centre
The HillsLevel 2, 72-74 Cecil Avenue, Castle Hill NSW 2154Riverwood Count Centre
WaverleyWaverley Park Pavilion, Waverley Oval, 49C Bondi Road, Bondi Junction NSW 2022Riverwood Count Centre
WilloughbyUnit 7, 12-18 Clarendon Street, Artarmon NSW 2064Riverwood Count Centre
Wollongong32-34 Auburn Street, Wollongong NSW 2500Riverwood Count Centre
WoollahraSherbrooke Avenue, Double Bay NSW 2021Riverwood Count Centre