Local Government Election

On 14 September 2024, councils across NSW will hold local government elections.

To assist prospective candidates to prepare, Dungog Shire Council is hosting a candidate briefing Wednesday, 24 July 2024 to provide a thorough understanding of the role of a Councillor. The briefing session will provide valuable insights and essential information for all those interested in standing for election as a councillor. Councillors make significant decisions that have a far-reaching impact on their community, so it is important anyone considering nominating to run in the upcoming election is aware of their potential roles and responsibilities and the time commitments involved.

The briefing session will be hosted by former General Manager of Maitland City Council, Mr David Evans, with the support of Council and Local Government NSW. Potential candidates are recommended to attend.

Wednesday 24 July: 5.30 - 9.00 pm at the

Dungog Council Chambers, 

Dungog Shire Council Administration Office, 

198 Dowling Street, Dungog 

(Access via the Brown St car park)

The candidate briefing sessions will contain an array of information, including:

  • The benefits and importance of local government
  • Understanding the role of Council and the role of Councillor
  • A typical council structure
  • Challenges of the role and how to meet them
  • The importance of diverse representation on Council
  • Importance of speaking out on key issues and how to do this confidently
  • Meeting procedures and rules of debate
  • Support available including information and networks.


Prospective candidates interested in attending a briefing must register, please call Council ‘s Customer Service on 02 4995 7777 or online via this link

Council has engaged the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) to administer the election on its behalf. Lodgement of candidate nominations open 8 am, Monday 5 August 2024 and will close 12 noon Wednesday 14 August 2024. 

For further information on the election, including how to register as a candidate, visit the NSWEC at www.elections.nsw.gov.au  or phone 1300 135 736.

Voters FAQ

The below FAQ provides information about voting eligibility and the voting process.

Which Ward do I belong to?

Our LGA is divided into three areas called ‘Wards’ and each ward has two Councillors to represent the people within these areas.

You can also check which ward you are in on the NSW Electoral Commission website.


Am I eligible to vote?

Voting is compulsory for people who are enrolled to vote in the Dungog local government area.

If you are a resident of Dungog Shire Council Local Government Area, you can check if your enrolment details are up-to-date with the Australian Electoral Commission. Council does not hold electoral information for local residents.


Can I vote if I am not a resident of the LGA?

If you are not a resident, you may be entitled to vote if you own, occupy or lease property in the local area as a corporation, business or individual. 

This is known as Council’s Non-Residential Roll (NRR). This is in addition to voting in the local government area within which you reside. You can only vote once in any local government area. It is not compulsory to enrol to vote in the NRR. 

More information about Non-Residential Enrolment is available on the NSW Electoral Commission website


Non Residential Roll - Individual Application(PDF, 194KB)

Non Residential Roll - Nominee Application(PDF, 232KB)

What happens if I do not vote?

You will most likely receive a $55 fine. Council does not issue the fines and cannot overturn them.

More information about penalties for not voting is available on the NSW Electoral Commission website.


Can I become a Councillor?

If you are passionate about what happens in your local community, becoming a Councillor is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and to represent the interests of residents.

Council will be holding a Candidate Information Session on Wednesday 24 July 2024, at 5.30pm. Use this form to register your interest. Spots are limited, so get in early to avoid disappointment!

For more information on how to become a Councillor or Mayor, read the below Candidates FAQ, visit the Office of Local Government's Become a Councillor and Information for Candidates pages, visit the Political Participants section of the NSW Electoral Commission website, or download a Candidate Handbook here.