Local Government Elections - 4 December 2021

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

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

Change of date

Due to COVID restrictions, the election will now be held on 4 December 2021, instead of 4 September 2021.

The Minister for Local Government ordered this change on 24 July 2021.

The key dates leading up to the election have also been changed:

Monday 25 October 2021

Close of electoral rolls (6pm)

Tuesday 26 October 2021

Postal vote applications open

Wednesday 3 November 2021

Close of candidate nominations (12pm)

Friday 5 November 2021

Caretaker period commences

Monday 22 November 2021

Pre-poll voting opens

Saturday 4 December 2021

Election day (8am - 8pm)



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 lessee 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 by Monday 26 July 2021 to:

  • email: governance@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 December 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). 15 Councillors will be elected in total.

Street lists:

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.

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.

The NSW Electoral Commission has published some information to help candidates prepare for their candidacy:

For more information on how to become a Councillor visit the Office of Local Government.