Our Vision is to build a successful future for the Blue Mountains.
If you have the right to vote in federal or State elections, you also have the right to be enrolled as an elector at a local government election in the ward or council area you live in. When you enrol to vote, you will automatically be included on the residential roll for the ward or council area you live in. You must vote in local government elections in the ward or council area you live in.
Check if you can vote
If you're a resident in the Blue Mountains local government area you can check if your enrolment details are up to date with the Australian Electoral Commission: check.aec.gov.au. 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:
Non-residential rolls are prepared and certified by each council's general manager, and the NSW Electoral Commissioner must confirm that the voters listed are eligible for enrolment on the non-residential roll. However, you are responsible for checking that you are eligible for inclusion in the non-residential roll for a council or ward when you make an application. Please visit the NSW Electoral Commission for full details on how to vote as a non-resident:
To access a Non- Residential Roll Application Form for the Blue Mountains Local Government Area please download here:
Non-residential Roll Nominee Application
Non-residential Roll Individual Application
An application for inclusion in the BMCC Non-Residential Roll must be received by the Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Mountains City Council by 6:00pm (EST) Monday, 25 October 2021.
By post: Blue Mountains City Council, Locked Bag 1005, Katoomba, NSW 2780
By hand: Blue Mountains City Council, 2 Civic Place, Katoomba, NSW 2780
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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”.
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.
Visit the NSWEC website, https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au, for information on and contact details about:
• The election timetable;
• Expenditure and political donations;
• How candidates are nominated; and
• The nomination period
Candidate enquiries should be directed to:
• The NSW Electoral Commission candidate helpdesk telephone 1300 022 011, or
• Email email@example.com, or
• Visit the NSW Electoral Commission website: https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au
A series of online candidate information sessions will be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) in the lead up to the 2021 NSW Local Government elections.
The webinars will be held from April to August 2021 and will cover the following topics:
• Election overview
• Election funding and disclosure
• Registration of candidates, groups, and third-party campaigners
• Electoral material (also known as how-to-vote material)
• Nomination process
• Early voting and election day voting
• Candidate workers and scrutineers
• Counting and results
You will find a recording of Candidate webinars at: https://elections.nsw.gov.au/Political-participants/Candidates-and-groups/Candidate-nominations-for-local-elections/Six-steps-to-being-a-candidate#webinars2
The Candidate handbook can be found on the NSWEC website or by clicking the link below:
If you as a candidate have questions about the process or candidates’ obligations, please contact the NSWEC Candidates Team on 1300 022 011.
Given the postponement of the Local Government Elections to 4 December 2021, an Extraordinary Council Meeting will be held on 23 December or within seven days of the results of the election being decided, whichever is earlier, in order for incoming members of the Governing Body to take the Oath of Office and to elect the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Alternative Deputy Mayor for Blue Mountains City Council.
The BMCC Policy on Local Approvals, section 68 Item D1 refers to the use of Community Land for Street Stalls for Political Purposes. It exempts the need for approval for a street stall for political purposes, but requires that the following criteria are met for the stall:
Any variation to the above criteria will require Council consent.
Political signs for election campaigns are regulated under the State Environmental Planning Policy No.64: Advertising and Signage.
The laws governing the installation of political signage and posters during the Local Government Elections 2021 must be strictly adhered to.
Advertising and signage if not proposed under a development application (DA) is subject to the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) – Exempt and Complying Development Codes 2008. The following link is to the SEPP Exempt and Complying Development Codes 2008 https://legislation.nsw.gov.au/view/html/inforce/current/epi-2008-0572
Under subdivision 1 – General requirements for advertising and signage the following is relevant to placement of political posters/banners/signs:
• Have the consent in writing of the owner of the land on which the sign is to be located and, if the sign or part of the sign projects over adjoining land, the consent of the owner of the adjoining land; and
• Be approved under section 138 Roads Act 1993, if the sign or part of the sign projects over a public road, including a footway; and
• Not obstruct or interfere with any traffic sign.
NOTE: where advertising occurs on public land, BMCC will remove the election signage.
Section 2.106 and 2.107 of the SEPP contain further requirements for Election signage.
The following link https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/NSWEC/media/NSWEC/LGE21/LG-200-Candidate-handbookv2A.pdf is to the NSW Electoral Commission’s Candidate handbook.
Section 15 is relevant to Electoral Material and section 15.3 relates to Posters, which supports the application of the State Environmental Planning Policy Exempt and Complying Development Codes 2008 for signage.
Size of posters and their period of display
The NSW Electoral Commission does not regulate the size of posters or the period of when they are displayed.
Candidates and parties must also be aware of other laws about election posters that the NSW Electoral Commission does not regulate.
The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 states election posters may also be ‘exempt development’ not requiring development approval.
For example, to be exempt development a poster must (note that other conditions apply):”
• not be more than 0.8m2 in area: and
• be displayed only during the following periods:
− 5 weeks immediately preceding the day on which the election is held
− the day on which the election is held
− 1 week immediately following the day on which the election is held.
The NSW Electoral Commission does not regulate these laws. Council is the Appropriate Regulatory Authority to enforce the placement of electoral signage that is contrary to the provision of the Exempt Development Codes SEPP summarised above and particularly in locations that are not permitted, being land under the control of Council.
Once the regulated period commences for the local government election, the NSW Electoral Commission regulates the display of posters in two general ways:
• whether it complies with requirements about its content, e.g. incorrect or misleading information about voting, that it includes the name and address of the person authorising the material, etc.
• whether it has been placed in or on certain places, e.g. posters are not permitted on certain premises, or within 6 metres of venues at which people are voting, etc.
The Regulates period commences Monday 25 October 2021, according to the NSW Electoral Commission website:
Complaints may be referred to the NSW Electoral Commission once the regulated period is commenced.