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The 2024 NSW Local Government elections will take place on Saturday 14 September 2024.

Person holding vote card for elections

Tweed Shire’s current councillors will continue to hold their civic offices until the local government elections.

The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) administers the election on behalf of a majority of Councils across NSW.

For more information visit the NSWEC website, call 1300 135 736 for enrolment, voting and general enquiries or 1300 022 011 for political party, candidate enquiries, third party campaigner and political donor enquiries.

Elections for Tweed Shire Councillors

Tweed Shire Council is governed by 7 Councillors who are elected to represent the shire (there are no wards or divisions). Tweed Shire’s councillor details can be found on our councillors page.

Our Councillors are elected for a 4-year term of office, with the next NSW Local Government election due to be held on Saturday 14 September 2024.  In 2021 Councillors were elected for a shorter term due to the impacts of COVID-19. 

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor (should council wish to have a Deputy Mayor) are elected by the Councillors in a process managed by Tweed Shire Council. The Mayor is elected at the first meeting of the Council for a period of 2 years, while Council will determine if a Deputy Mayor is elected which Council currently does for 1 year terms.

Considering running for Council?

Candidates are advised to closely monitor the NSWEC website and social media channels for updates on the election.

Council will provide briefing sessions in May and June for prospective candidates to gain a better understanding of the role of Councillor.

Four briefing sessions will be hosted in total, conducted by former Mayor of Lismore Jenny Dowell OAM and supported by Council and Local Government NSW.

The same content will be repeated at each event so prospective candidates will only need to attend one of the following sessions (registrations are essential):

For more information on becoming a councillor and what is required of the role, please visit the following additional resources:

Key dates for candidates

  • Tuesday 7 May 2024
  • 2 x Candidate briefing sessions
    Tweed Heads Administration Office
  • Tuesday 4 June 2024
    2 x Candidate briefing sessions
    Murwillumbah Council Chambers
  • Monday 5 August 2024
    Candidate enrolments close

  • To be confirmed
    Tour of Tweed Shire
  • 9, 10 and 11 October 2024
    Also 18 October 2024

    Councillor induction program

View all 2024 NSW Local Government election key dates.

Non-residential roll

 If you live outside the Shire but own rateable property in the Tweed, you are entitled to vote in local government elections. However, it is not compulsory to do so.

Similarly, eligible occupiers and ratepaying lessees are also entitled to vote in council elections. Find out who is eligible to be on a non-residential roll(PDF, 48KB).

Unlike the normal residential roll, the non-residential roll is not maintained by the NSW Electoral Commission, but by individual councils.

You can check your residential enrolment by contacting Australian Electoral Commission on 13 23 26, or their website

Those interested in registering on the non-residential roll must ensure a properly completed claim form is received by the General Manager by 6 pm, Thursday 5 August 2024. Any applications received after this time will not be included. After this time, Council will pass the details to the NSW Electoral Commission for verification, and they will then be added to the authorised electoral roll for the 2024 election.

To make a claim for inclusion on the non-residential roll, you will need to complete a claim form.

Claim forms

For individual owners, occupiers and ratepaying lessees

You must be:

  • the sole owner of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the joint or several owners of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who own the rateable land, or
  • the lessee of the land from the Crown and the land is rateable Crown land.

Claim form - individual owners, occupiers and ratepaying lessees(PDF, 194KB)

For nomination of an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees

You must be:

  • the sole occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the joint or several occupiers or ratepaying lessees of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who occupy or are the ratepaying lessee of the rateable land,

and have the legal right to occupy the land or be responsible for paying all or part of the rates on the land for 3 years following the date you apply to be on the roll.

Claim form - nomination of an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees(PDF, 200KB)

A claim form must be signed by the person who lodges it and must contain a statement signed by a witness to the effect that the witness saw the person sign the claim form and believes, to the best of their knowledge, that the statements in the claim form are true.

Would you like to work at the election?

Tweed residents who would like to work at the NSW Local Government election can register their interest through the NSW Electoral Commission, when the event becomes available.

A range of election work opportunities are available, from polling place managers to election officials and declaration vote issuing officers. Work in a polling place on the day of the election or for longer periods in returning offices and pre-poll voting centres.

For more information, including details on pay rates, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website.

Frequently asked questions

Is it compulsory to vote?

Yes, voting is compulsory.

Where can I vote?

Polling stations will be conveniently located across the Shire. To find your nearest polling station, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website closer to the election at

Can I vote early?

Yes, pre-poll voting will open on Saturday 7 September 2024 (days and times may vary for each location). It is only available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. To find out if you are eligible to vote early, visit

I’m not going to be in the Tweed on 14 September 2024, can I vote anywhere else?

No. Out of area (absent) voting is not available at local government elections in NSW. You must vote in your Council area or use an early/postal voting option.

Can I do a postal vote?

Yes, postal voting will open on Tuesday 6 August 2024. It is only available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. To find out if you are eligible for a postal vote visit, Applications for postal votes must be received by the NSW Electoral Commission by 5 pm on the Monday before election day. Completed ballots must be received by 6 pm on the 13th day after election day.

Will I be fined if I don’t vote?

If you don’t vote in a Council election and you don’t have a valid reason, you will be fined $55 by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Can I vote in the election if I own rateable property in the Tweed but don’t live there?

Is Tweed Shire Council the contact for NSW State Elections?

Council is not the contact for NSW State Elections, it is the NSW Electoral Commission.

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