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Electoral information

Port Stephens Local Government Election

The NSW Government has advised the 2020 Local Government Election has been postponed due to COVID-19. The current Mayor and Councillors will continue to hold civic office until the next local government elections are held on Saturday, 4 September 2021.

For more information about the election, please visit NSW Electoral Commission.

Election of women to local government

Did you know that women represent less than a third of all councillors and mayors serving on the 128 councils in NSW? If you're thinking about nominating for the 2021 local government election, visit NSW Office of Local Government.


Voting at the local government election is compulsory for Australian citizens. Check your enrolment status.

Not voting may incur a $55 fine issued by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Where do I vote?

Port Stephens is divided into 3 Wards — West Ward, Central Ward and East Ward. Residents vote to elect a Mayor and 3 councillors to represent their respective ward.

Non-residential rolls

The non-residential rolls provide an opportunity for those people who are non-resident owners, occupiers and rate-paying lessees of rateable land with the Port Stephens local government area to apply to vote at the next local government election.

There are 2 non-residential rolls:

  • the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land - to download an application form, click here.
  • the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees - to download an application form, click here.

Applications close at 6.00pm on Monday 26 July 2021.

For further information about eligibility, management of rolls and whether voting is compulsory, please click here.

Register of electoral funding

Council is required to provide public access to the disclosure declarations lodged with the NSW Electoral Commission by Mayor and Councillors. This is in accordance with:

  • Local Government and Planning Legislation Amendment (Political Donations) Act 2009
  • Local Government Act 1993
  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The disclosure declarations are required to be lodged with the NSW Electoral Commission by the Mayor and each Councillor within the Commission's specified timeframe.

Previous election results


Governance Section Manager/Public Officer
Phone: 4988 0255 
Fax: 4988 0130
Email: council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au
Address: PO Box 42, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324