Not all Councils are having elections. Councils which are going to Election in 2017 have their Elections on Saturday 09 September 2017.
Australian Election Company is assisting in the management and conduct of the Election for Maitland City Council on Saturday 09 September 2017.
Other Councils going to Election on 09 September 2017 are managed by Electoral Commission, New South Wales.
The Notice of Contested Elections listing the Candidates, pre-poll locations and opening times, and the polling locations on election day will be provided here in the coming weeks.
The Returning Officers contact details are:
Heritage Room, Maitland Town Hall, 281 High Street, Maitland 2320.
A full list of the nominated candidates will be provided here when available.
The Indicative Timetable of Election Events is provided below.
|31 July 2017||Close of rolls (6:00pm)|
|31 July 2017||Nominations open|
|Circa 03 August 2017||Pre-nominations briefing (6:00pm)|
|09 August 2017||Close of nominations (12:00noon)|
|09 August 2017||Ballot paper draws (approx. 3:00pm)|
|09 August 2017||Registration of electoral material (how-to-vote) opens|
|Circa 15 August 2017||Postal voting commences (Indicative Date)|
|Circa 16 August 2017||Post nominations candidate briefing (6:00pm) – Indicative date only|
|28 August 2017||Pre-poll voting commences|
|01 September 2017||Registration of electoral material (how-to-vote) closes (5:00pm)|
|04 September 2017||Postal vote applications close (5:00pm)|
|08 September 2017||Pre-poll voting closes (6:00pm)|
|09 September 2017||Election Day (8:00am to 6:00pm)|
|11 September 2017||Return of postal votes closes (6:00pm)|
The Notice of Election and Call for Proposals will be accessible for download when available here.
Voting in Council Elections is compulsory for residential electors (electors enrolled on the Commonwealth/NSW Electoral Roll). All Australian citizens aged 18 years and older must be enrolled on the electoral roll for the address where they live.
You can verify your enrolment and sign up for an election reminder service by visiting the Electoral Commission NSW website through the following link. Electoral Enrolment can be done online, where you can also change or update your enrolment details. Alternatively, you can obtain a form and prepaid envelope from Electoral Commission NSW, any Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Office or post offices. The form may be returned by post, fax, email or hand delivery to an AEC office. Once your form has been processed, the AEC will send you an acknowledgement advice. If you do not receive your advice within 4 weeks you should contact the AEC via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 13 23 26.
The rolls for the 2017 NSW Council Elections close at 6:00pm on 31 July 2017.
Owners of property in a Council Area, who do not live in the Council Area, but who wish to vote in the Elections for the Council Area where they own property, are able to obtain an Application form and send an Application to the General Manager of the relevant Council, to appear on the Non-residential Roll of electors or the Occupiers and Rate Paying Lessees Roll of electors, for that Area. Voting is not compulsory for electors included on these Rolls. Again though, the deadline for receipt of completed Enrolment Claims with the relevant Council General Manager, is 6:00pm on 31 July, 2017.
When to vote
Postal Vote Applications can be made from 31 July 2017 until 5:00pm on Monday 4 September 2017. Postal Vote Applications are available from
- the Returning Officer;
- Council’s Office;
- phoning 1800 224 420;
- emailing email@example.com
- the Returning Officer’s address (Heritage Room, Maitland Town Hall, 281 High Street, Maitland 2320.); or
- from here in the coming weeks by downloading a Postal Vote Application form (FORM 7).
Pre Poll Voting is available from 28 August 2017 and closes at 6:00pm on Friday 8 September 2017.
Pre Poll Office locations and operating hours will be
- listed on Maitland City Council’s website,
- advertised in local newspapers, and
- listed here in the coming weeks.
Polling is also available at specific Declared Institutions (Retirement Villages, Nursing Homes etc). Details where these services are offered will be advised within the relevant Institutions.
Where to vote on Election Day
There are Polling Places located throughout your Council Area on 09 September 2017. As is conventional, these Polling Places generally are located within Schools, Community Halls etc.
However, details of the locations of Polling Places will be published in local newspapers just prior to Election Day. The locations of Polling Places will also be included on Councils website and available here in the coming weeks.
Voting Before Election Day
If you are not going to be within your Local Government Area or you are unable to vote on Election Day, Saturday 9 September, 2017, you could vote by Pre-Poll or organise a Postal Vote. In the two weeks before Election Day Pre-Poll Voting will be provided. As noted above, Pre Poll Voting locations will be provided here in the coming weeks and advertised in the local press.
Postal Vote Applications (FORM 7) may also be downloaded from here in the coming weeks.
A list of the nominated candidates will be provided here in the coming weeks.
The Notice of Election and Call for Nomination Proposal will be advertised in the press and also here on this website, when available.
Nominations open 31 July 2017 and close at 12 noon on 09 August, 2017.
Our Returning Officer will conduct Post Nominations Closure Briefings circa 16 August 2017. Candidates will be advised.
Our Returning Officer will also provide a Candidate Guide, and other relevant materials, as part of a kit upon acceptance of a Nomination. Our Returning Officers’ contact details will be available here in the coming days.
The Candidate Guide will also be available for download from here in the coming days.
Persons contemplating election to civic office are advised to go to www.olg.nsw.gov.au/public/my-local-council/become-a-councillor
Electoral Commission NSW administers and controls the Election Funding and Disclosure provisions (including Candidate Registration) associated with NSW Council Elections and all Candidates must apply to be registered for the election and appoint an Official Agent, through Electoral Commission NSW, prior to accepting political donations or incurring electoral expenditure, and prior to nominating to Councils Returning Officer, to be a candidate at the Election.
Information about registration, appointment of an official agent or any information pertaining to funding and disclosure matters, can be accessed from these links: www.votensw.info or www.elections.nsw.gov.au
Nominating for Election
Any intending Candidates should refer to the Local Government Act 1993 and the Local Government (General) General Regulation 2005 for full details of requirements and qualifications etc. for Nomination.
Candidates should seek their own legal advice on any areas where they have concern(s) regarding requirements, qualifications or issues or matters of interpretation.
Councils, Returning Officers or Australian Election Company will not provide any information or advice of a legal nature.
The onus is on any Candidate to ensure their Nomination is complete and made to (received by) the Returning Officer by the closing of Nominations; for the 2017 Elections by 12 noon 09 August 2017.
The following information provided below is of a general nature only.
NB: Electoral Commission NSW administers and controls the Election Funding and Disclosure provisions (including Candidate Registration) associated with NSW Council Elections and all Candidates must apply to be registered for the election and appoint an Official Agent, through Electoral Commission NSW, prior to accepting political donations or incurring electoral expenditure, and prior to nominating to Councils Returning Officer, to be a candidate at the Election.
There are two types of nomination.
- Nomination paper: proposal by electors (Form 2) by Electors whereby a minimum of 2 electors enrolled in the ward or council area can nominate a candidate.
- Nomination paper: proposal by registered officer for party (Form 3) whereby the Registered Officer can nominate a candidate;
Nomination Forms will be available from the Returning Officer and Council Office.
Nomination Forms are available:
- Upon request by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or
- by telephoning 1800 224 420, or by
- downloading from here a Form 2 in the coming weeks.
- downloading from here a Form 3 in the coming weeks.
If two (2) or more Councillors are to be elected, candidates may choose to form groups, and a claim to form a group, signed by each of the candidates, is submitted by the close of Nominations. Groups may also request a Group Voting Square, but there must be at least two (2) Groups requesting Group Voting Squares for Group Voting Squares to be included on the relevant ballot paper. The Claim for Grouping of Candidates (AEF 217) will also be available for download here in the coming weeks, OR, as described immediately above by email or telephone.
At the time of nominating, the deposit for an individual Candidate of $125 is payable in cash or by a cheque drawn by a deposit taking financial institution. Personal cheques are not acceptable. Payment also may not be made by Credit Card, by EFT, by BPAY or by Postal Order. The deposit must be received by the Returning Officer prior to 12 noon on Nomination day 09 August 2017.
There is a deposit “discount cap” of $625.00 where a Group comprises more than five (5) Candidates and the Nominations for all Candidates comprising that Group and the $625.00 deposit is provided/paid and the completed request to be included in a Group form are all lodged simultaneously. However, if the Nomination forms, deposit and the Group Request form are all not lodged simultaneously, then the $125.00 deposit per Nomination is applicable.
Upon Nomination by a Candidate (or Candidates), the following forms must be lodged:
- Completed Nomination Proposal in Form 2 or Form 3
- Completed Candidate Information Sheet (signature to be witnessed by JP)
- Completed Statistical Information Sheet
- Claim for Grouping of Candidates (AEF 217) (if applicable)
- Nomination Deposit in Cash or “Bank” Cheque
A Nomination is not valid without a completed Candidate Information Sheet. Valid Nominations must be received by the Returning Officer by 12 noon 09 August 2017. This can be done in person, by post, fax or email. Where email is used an image of the completed nomination paper signed by the proposers and the person proposed for nomination is included in or attached to the email and that image includes an image of the actual signatures, as appearing on the nomination paper. Where email is involved, the Nomination will not be made unless, in addition to the completed Nomination paper, the completed Candidate Information Sheet; the completed Statistical Information Sheet and the Nomination Deposit is received by the Returning Officer, before the 12 noon deadline on 09 August 2017.
As previously mentioned, Candidates of course must also separately register with the Electoral Commission NSW before Nomination day for the Election.
The Returning Officer will formally announce candidates and conduct a draw for their ballot paper positions once Nominations have been processed.
Ballot papers include the candidates’ surname and one given name. Candidates may request to have “Independent” printed below their name. Candidates nominated by Political Parties will have their affiliation (or abbreviated affiliation) printed on the ballot paper.
There are important laws for local council elections which came into effect on 01 July 2016. There are three main changes; Caps on political donations; Regulation of third party campaigners; and Political parties to keep a campaign account. For more information on these changes, click on this link.
Interested in the 2012 Election Results?
The 2012 election results can be accessed from this link for Maitland City Council only.