2021 Local Government Election
NSW Local Government Elections are usually conducted every four years and voting is compulsory. Maitland City Council has a popularly elected Mayor, together with 12 Councillors.
The Council election, scheduled for 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, it has been postponed for all councils in NSW, including Maitland City Council, until Saturday 4 December 2021.
For further information visit the NSW Electoral Commission website, which will be progressively updated as the elections are replanned.
Maitland is broken up into four wards being North, East, Central and West. A current ward map can be seen here. The ward boundaries will be reviewed closer to the election to ensure not more than a 10% variance in total enrolment numbers across wards, however, you can find out which ward you currently live in here. It is important to note that wards simply divide the population equally. Councillors are charged with making decisions in the best interest of the entire community, not just the voters in their ward.
Information on pre-poll voting, postal voting and polling places on election day will be released closer to the election.
The information below will be helpful for those who are considering or intending to run at the upcoming NSW Local Government Election
The NSW Electoral Commissioner will administer the Maitland Local Government Election on Saturday 4 December 2021. Important information about the steps and requirements to becoming a candidate for the 2021 NSW Local Government Elections, as well as key dates, can be found here.
It is the responsibility of intending candidates to understand and follow the rules regarding advertising and electoral material related to elections. More information can be found in step 5 of the Becoming a candidate section of the NSW Electoral Commission website here.
The following provisions apply to election signs under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.
Any election signs/posters must:
(a) Not be more than 0.8m2 in area, and
(b) If on the site of a heritage item or draft heritage item—not be attached to a building, and
(c) Be displayed by or on behalf of a candidate at an election referred to in clause 2.106 or the party (if any) of any such candidate, and
(d) Be displayed in accordance with any relevant requirements of the Act under which the election is held, and
(e) Be displayed only during the following periods:
(i) 5 weeks immediately preceding the day on which the election is held,
(ii) the day on which the election is held,
(iii) 1 week immediately following the day on which the election is held.
For more information see here.
Yes you can. Expressions of interest are now open to work at the local government elections in December. Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people to have their say.
There are positions available during the election period and on election day itself.
More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, visit the NSW Electrol Commission website.
Individuals may vote as a non-resident in a ward or council area if they:
- are an owner of rateable land in a ward or council area
- are an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the ward or council area.
To apply for inclusion on the non-residential roll for Maitland City Council, please fill out the Non-residential Roll Individual Application Form and submit it to Council by 6.00pm Monday 25 October 2021.
Please note, a person can only vote once in any Local Government Area. A person qualified for enrolment in more than one ward within a Council area may only enrol in the ward where they reside.
Further information will be available closer to the election.