Council elections

Local government elections will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021

The NSW Government has again postponed the September 2020 Local Government election to address the risks posed by COVID-19.

The 2021 NSW Local Government elections will now take place on Saturday 4 December 2021.

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

The postponement of the next election will not change the future schedule of council elections, and the subsequent election will still proceed in September 2024.

Voting is compulsory for all enrolled Tweed residents.

For more information visit the NSW Electoral Commission

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).

The election process is managed by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Our Councillors are usually elected for a 4-year term of office., with the next NSW Local Government election due to be held on Saturday 4 December 2021.

The Mayor and 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 the Deputy Mayor is elected for 1 year.

Are you considering running for Council?

Candidates are advised to closely monitor the NSW Electoral Commission website and its social media channels for updates on the election, including information for candidates and groups.

Extensive information is provided on the site, including a useful 6 step guide to being a candidate

A series of candidate briefings were hosted by Tweed Shire Council in March and April 2021 and have now concluded. Those who missed out are able to sign up to candidate webinars hosted by the NSW Electoral Commission. Details of how to sign-up, including video recordings of previous webinars, can be found on the 6 steps to being a candidate page. 

Further information can be found under Candidate FAQs or obtained by calling the NSW Electoral Commission candidate team on 1300 022 011 during business hours.

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, 67KB).

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

Those interested in registering on the non-residential roll must ensure their details are received by the General Manager before 6 pm (AEST) Monday 25 October 2021, but it is advisable to apply well before this date.

Download the relevant form if you are an individual nominee(PDF, 165KB) or a nominee of joint/several corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees(PDF, 202KB).

Would you like to work at the election?

NSW Electoral Commission - Work With Us

Tweed residents who would like to work at the NSW Local Government election in December can now submit an application through the NSW Electoral Commission’s expression of interest for employment website.

Applicants can work on the day of the election, Saturday 4 December, in a polling place, for longer periods in a returning office, or in one of the Commission’s pre-poll voting centres.

A range of election work opportunities are available on the day, from polling place managers to election officials and declaration vote issuing officers.

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

Frequently asked questions

Who do I contact for more information?

The NSW Electoral Commission is tasked with administering the election on behalf of Councils across NSW. There is a host of information about the election, including how to register to vote, on their website. Contact the NSWEC at or via the hotline numbers:

What precautions are being taken to ensure the poll is COVID Safe?

The NSW Electoral Commission has an extensive COVID Safe plan in place, including:

  • Service NSW QR codes
  • Larger voting poll venues to accommodate physical distancing
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers, cleaning down of screens and general areas
  • Single use pens handed out, encouraging voters to bring own pens
  • Face masks for people who want to wear them

How many Councillors do I vote for?

Our Council is governed by 7 Councillors, who are elected for a 4-year term of office, with all positions to be contested at this poll. There are no wards or divisions in the Tweed Council.

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 closure to the election at

Can I vote early?

Pre-poll voting will be available at least 2 weeks ahead of the election.

For more information, visit


I’m not going to be in the Tweed on 4 December, 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 voting option.


Can I vote by post?

Yes, postal voting is available for eligible residents. To find out if you are eligible for a postal vote visit

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?

Yes, non-residential voters can enrol to vote in local government elections, and these electoral rolls are maintained by individual councils.

Voting is not compulsory for people on the non-residential roll. Claims for enrolment as an owner, ratepaying lessee or occupier of rateable land in Tweed Shire Council must be received by the General Manager on or before 6 pm (AEST) Monday 25 October 2021.


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.