Council wards and boundaries
The Local Government Area of Port Stephens is divided into three Wards — West Ward, Central Ward and East Ward.
The popularly elected Mayor and Councillors are elected by eligible residents and ratepayers within the Port Stephens community and hold office for 4 years.
Three Councillors are elected from each of the 3 wards and form the governing body of the Council. The Deputy Mayor is elected by the Council for a term determined by Council. The term of the Deputy Mayor cannot be greater than the term of the Mayor.
The Councillors' role is to direct and control the Council's affairs in line with the requirements of the Local Government Act.