Local Government Elections - 4 September 2021

Local Government elections will be held across NSW on 4 September 2021, including Bayside Council.

Voting is compulsory. Your vote helps determine who will represent your ward on the Council for a 3 year term.


Voting in Local Government elections is compulsory in NSW.

Before you can vote for the first time you must enrol with the NSW Electoral Commission.

You can vote as a resident or as a non-resident. You can only vote once.

Vote as a resident

You are eligible to vote in the Bayside Council election if you are:

  • enrolled to vote with the NSW Electoral Commission, and
  • a resident living within the Bayside Local Government area.

Vote as a non-resident

You are eligible to vote in the Bayside Council election if you are:

  • listed on the non-resident roll, and either
  • the owner of rateable land within the Bayside Local Government area, or
  • an occupier or rate-paying leasee of rateable land within the Bayside Local Government area.

To apply for inclusion on the non-resident roll, complete and return one of the following application forms:

You must return the completed form to:

  • email: council@bayside.nsw.gov.au
  • post: PO Box 21, Rockdale 2216
  • in person: Customer Service, 444-446 Princes Highway, Rockdale or 152 Bunnerong Road, Eastgardens.

How to vote

You can vote in person or via post.

In person

You can vote in person on 4 September 2021, or before the polling day at one of our pre-polling sites.

We will publish the polling locations and times once they are confirmed.

Postal voting

We will publish more information on postal voting arrangements once they are confirmed.

What happens with your vote

Your vote will count towards electing 3 Councillors who will represent your ward on the Bayside Council for the Council term (find your ward).

The Council term is 3 years. This has been shortened from the usual 4 year term, as the 2020 election was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 15 Councillors will be elected in total.

The Councillors will elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at their first Council meeting. The Mayoral term is 2 years. The Deputy Mayoral term may be the same as the Mayoral term, or less as determined by Council.

Running for Council

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 visit the Office of Local Government.