Local Government is an elected system of government directly accountable to the local community. All of the elected representatives, known as councillors, work together to provide good governance for the benefit of their local community.
Under the Local Government Act 1993, Council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every four years. By-elections are conducted periodically when a councillor vacancy occurs.
The last local government elections in the City of Canada Bay were in 2017, following the State Government’s decision not to follow with Council amalgamations.
Councils can conduct their own elections or elections can be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission.
To find out more visit the Electoral Commission NSW website.
There are nine Councillors (including the Mayor). The Mayor is a popularly elected Mayor, with the Deputy Mayor being elected by the Council on a one year term.
View the 2017–2020 Elected Council.
On 15 October 2019 Council resolved that the NSW Electoral Commission will administer the 2020 election for the City of Canada Bay Council.
Local Government elections in New South Wales are usually held every four years. However, the elections planned for 2020 were postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The next election was scheduled for Saturday, 4 September 2021. However, due to current COVID conditions, this date has had to be postponed again. The election for the Council of the City of Canada Bay will now take place on Saturday, 4 December 2021.
All City of Canada Bay residents on the electoral rolls will vote in the Council election on Saturday, 4 December 2021. You can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission. Further information is provided below.
Key information and dates
Non-Residential roll: non-resident owners, occupiers and rate paying lessees can apply to be placed on the non-residential roll to be eligible to vote in the election. Applications to be on the non-residential roll close on Monday, 25 October 2021.
Download the Non-Residential Rolls Fact Sheet
Download a Non-Residential Roll Individual Application
Download a Non-Residential Roll Nominee Application
Nominations for candidates: commence on 25 October 2021 and close at 12 noon on 3 November 2021.
Postal voting: applications commence on 26 October 2021 and close at 5pm on 29 November 2021.
Pre-poll voting: commences on 22 November 2021 and close 3 December 2021.
Further details on pre-polling and polling locations will be released in future.
Six steps to becoming a candidate (includes online recordings)
Process for becoming a candidate
Information about political parties
Information about party agents and official agents
Information about associated entities
Information for third party campaigners
Information for political donors
Information about MPs and Councillors.
Check your enrolment on the page Welcome to voting
Find out how to register to vote and keep your details up to date
Voting in person or other voting options
Find out about assistance available for voters
Do you want to work at the Council election?
The 2021 election for the City of Canada Bay 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.