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

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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.

Briefing sessions will be held before enrolments close to inform prospective candidates about the roles and responsibilities of local government, Councillors and the Council. Facilitated by Local Government NSW and hosted by Tweed Shire Council.

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
  • To be confirmed
    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, 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, a form will be made available in early 2024 to submit an application for enrolment. 

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 elections.nsw.gov.au.

Can I vote early?

Yes, pre-poll voting will open on Monday 2 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 elections.nsw.gov.au.

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, elections.nsw.gov.au. 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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