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Wollongong City Council

2021 Local Government Elections

The Minister for Local Government has made an order to postpone the Local Government Elections until Saturday 4 December 2021.

Our current Councillors and Lord Mayor will continue to hold their civic offices until the elections.

Local Government elections in New South Wales are usually held every four years. However, the elections planned for 2020 were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We will update this page as more information is available.

For more information about these elections, please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website or call 1300 135 736.

To find out which Ward you're in, search for you address on our online map or see the PDF maps below:

If you're a resident in the Wollongong City Council Local Government Area you can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission.

If you're passionate about what happens in your local community, becoming a Councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents.

For more information on how to become a Councillor please see these links:

Women for Election

NSW has fewer female Councillors than any other Australian state.  Women for Election Australia provides information and support to encourage more women to run for public office.

Online candidate training tool

If you're considering standing as a candidate, the Office of Local Government has launched a comprehensive online candidate training tool.

This interactive resource gives you detailed information about running for election and the roles and responsibilities of councils and councillors.  It's designed to give election candidates the know-how to launch their election campaign and serve their community to the best of their ability if they are elected.

Being a Councillor: information and guide

The 2021 election for Wollongong City Council will be managed by the NSW Electoral Commission.

People who would like to work at the September local government elections can now submit an application through the Commission’s 'expression of interest’ website.

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

For more information about working at elections, please visit the NSW Electoral Commission website or call 1300 135 736.

To reduce risks related to COVID-19, some changes to voting options have been introduced for the 2021 Local Government elections only. These changes will give people more options to vote early in-person during the pre-poll voting period.

Pre-polling

Pre-poll voting will be available from Monday 22 November to Friday 3 December 2021.

Pre-poll locations and voting times will be available on the NSW Electoral Commission website when they are confirmed.

The Wollongong Local Government Area Returning Office is located at 65-69 Keira Street, Wollongong NSW 2500.

For the 2021 Local Government elections, you will only be able to vote in-person in your council area.

Use the address search, to find the council or ward page that matches your address. If you have moved to a new area since you last voted, you should check your enrolment and update your address if necessary.

Online and operator assisted voting (iVote)

You may be eligible to use iVote, an online voting option, at this election. Learn more about iVote and check if you're eligible by visiting the NSW Electoral Commission's iVote page.

Important dates for iVote
DateEvent
Monday 22 November 2021iVote applications and voting opens
Saturday 4 December 2021
(Election day) 
iVote applications close at 1pm
iVote voting closes at 6pm 
Monday 6 December 2021iVote receipt portal closes at 6pm

Postal voting

Postal vote applications are now open.

You can apply online, or download and return an application form. Visit the Online Postal Vote Application page to get started.

Important dates for postal voting
DateEvent
Tuesday 26 October 2021Application for postal vote packs open
Monday 8 November 2021Mailing of postal voting packs starts
Monday 29 November 2021Receipt of postal vote applications close at 5pm.
Applications received after this time will not receive a postal vote pack.
Friday 17 December 2021Completed postal votes returned by 6pm