Local Government Elections

The next election for the Blue Mountains City Council will be held on Saturday 12 September 2020.

Local Government elections in New South Wales are held every 4 years.

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.

In the Ordinary Meeting of Council 29 January 2019, Council agreed to contract the NSW Electoral Commission to administer its elections in full: 

1. That the Council engages the New South Wales Electoral Commission (NSWEC) to administer the Council’s Local Government Elections 2020, by endorsing:

i) Pursuant to s. 296(2) and (3) of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) (“the Act”) that an election arrangement be entered into by contract for the Electoral Commissioner to administer all elections of the Council. 
ii) Pursuant to s. 296(2) and (3) of the Act, as applied and modified by s. 18, that a council poll arrangement be entered into by contract for the Electoral Commissioner to administer all council polls of the Council. 
iii) Pursuant to s. 296(2) and (3) of the Act, as applied and modified by s. 18, that a constitutional referendum arrangement be entered into by contract for the Electoral Commissioner to administer all constitutional referenda of the Council;

MINUTE NO. 14 Council Ordinary Meeting 29 January 2019.

Check if you can vote

If you're a resident in the the Blue Mountains local government area you can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission. You must enter your details exactly as they appear on the electoral roll.

Voting as a non-resident in a ward or council area

You are eligible to vote as a non-resident in a ward or council area if you are:

  • an owner of rateable land in the ward or council area 
  • an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the ward or council area

Please visit the NSW Electoral Commission for full details on how to vote as a non-resident.

Download the Non-residential roll individual application form.

Become a candidate

If you would like to become a candidate in the 2020 Local Government Elections, you will find information pertaining to the registration, nomination, election campaign finances, voting and other election processes, as well as important dates and deadlines, on the NSW Electoral Commission website. The Office of Local Government features information on how to become a councillor.

Making a complaint

If you need to make a complaint about a candidate or any aspect of the election process, you can do this on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website.


Councillors are elected for 4 years.

Although the number of councillors to be elected varies from council to council, each council is made up of between 5 and 15 councillors (one of whom is the Mayor).

Voters rank candidates in order of preference, and where there are 2 or more positions to be filled, a candidate needs to achieve a quota of the votes to be elected.


As a general rule the councillors elect one of their number to be the Mayor. A Mayor elected by the other councillors serves a two year term.

After each Local Government election, the Division of Local Government surveys all councils. A report on the findings provides information about the representation of the community on local councils. As well as describing the characteristics of councillors and candidates such as gender, age and experience, the report identifies trends over time.


Councils work within laws established by the NSW Parliament. The Local Government Act 1993 NSW (the Act) sets out the major powers, functions and responsibilities of councils based on modern community expectations. The Act gives NSW councils broad powers to independently plan for and manage local community services and facilities in consultation with their local community.

Councils have a legal obligation to provide services under Section 8 of the Act, called “The council’s charter”.

About Blue Mountains City Council

To assist you in making a well informed and considered decision about whether to stand for election as a councillor, see the Council section of the website.

Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework

Local councils in NSW are required to undertake their planning and reporting activities in accordance with the Act and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005. All councils in NSW are to work within the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework as set out in s406 of the Act. For information on Blue Mountains City Council’s long-term plans and strategic documents please go to Publications.

Council Meetings

Council meetings are currently held on a monthly basis at the Katoomba Council Chambers, on Tuesdays commencing at 7:30pm.

Go to Council Meetings

Meeting procedures contribute to good decision-making and increase Council’s transparency and accountability to its community. The legislation sets out certain procedures that must be followed in council and committee meetings. The relevant sections of the Act are Sections 360 and 365.

Download the the Blue Mountains City Council Code of Meeting Practice

Information provided by the Office of Local Government

For information and publications for potential and current Councillors, see the Office of Local Government website.