2021 Local Government Elections

YOUR CITY YOUR VOTE, Local Government elections 4 december 2021

Broken Hill City Council's election will be administered by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Voting will be held on Saturday 4 December.

You get to have your say on the future of Broken Hill by voting for who leads our Council and help shape our beautiful city. Your vote will be impacting the decisions that are important to us all. Make sure your voice is heard.

Who are the candidates for Broken Hill?

Information on who the candidates are for Broken Hill is available online NSW Electoral Commission.

Residents who are enrolled to vote, elect a Mayor and nine Councillors to represent their respective council area.

What are the key dates?

The Local Government Elections have been postponed by 3 months and rescheduled to 4 December 2021.

New dates include:

25 October           
Electoral roll closes (6pm)
25 October
Candidate nominations open
3 November
Candidate nominations close (12pm)
3 November
Registration of electoral materials commences
5 November
Caretaker period commences
22 November
Pre-poll voting opens
29 November
Postal vote applications close (5pm)
3 December
Pre-poll voting closes (6pm)
4 December
Election day (8am-6pm)


Who needs to vote?

Voting is compulsory for this Local Government Election on 4 December 2021.

Residents who are enrolled to vote, elect a Mayor and nine Councillors to represent the Broken Hill council area.

Traditionally elected Councillors serve a four year term, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic the NSW Local Government Elections were postponed in 2020, meaning that Councillors elected in this year’s election will serve a three year term.

Information on how elections work and understanding your responsibilities as a voter is available online NSW Electoral Commissions.

Can I vote early?

Postal voting

You may be eligible to vote using a postal vote. Check the eligibility criteria for postal voting.

Postal vote applications are now open. To apply for a postal vote you can either apply online or download and return a Postal vote application.

Apply online for postal vote

Download a Postal vote application

Alternatively call the NSW Electoral Commission - 1300 135 736

Timeline for postal voting:

Monday, 8 November 2021 - mailing of postal voting packs commences.
Monday, 29 November 2021 - receipt of postal vote applications close at 5pm. Applications received after this time will not receive a postal vote pack.
Friday, 17 December 2021 - completed postal votes returned by 6pm.

Postal votes are not to be directed to Council and must follow the instructions provided by the NSW Electoral Commission.


Online and operator assisted voting (iVote)

You may be eligible to use iVote (online voting option) at this election. Check the eligibility criteria for using iVote.

Timeline for iVote:

Monday, 22 November 2021 - iVote applications and voting opens.
Saturday, 4 December 2021 - iVote applications close at 1pm and iVote voting closes at 6pm.
Monday, 6 December 2021 - iVote receipt portal closes at 6pm. 

In person

Early voting or pre-poll is available from Monday 22 November  to Friday 3 December 2021. Any person enrolled to vote may vote by pre-poll.

You will only be able to vote in person in your council area.

View the pre-polling locations in the below tab for Broken Hill.

Where are the pre-polling places to vote early?

If you would like to vote in person, but you are unable to get to a voting centre or polling place on election day, you may be eligible to vote early or pre-poll.

Eligibility requirements to vote in person at a pre-poll venue for a local election are changing. Further information will be available on the 2021 Local Government elections.


Venue Address Dates Opening hours
Broken Hill Region Returning 's Office Shop 5 & 18-19, 5 Galena Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880 22 Nov 2021 - 03 Dec 2021 Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Where can I Vote on election day?

Election day is 4 December 2021 and election staff and officials will be available on the day if you need help.

Visit the NSW Electoral Commission to view the COVID safety plan that has been introduced to safely deliver elections.

To view locations via an interactive map, search for your address or find out the facilities at each venue visit NSW Electoral Commission for more details.

Find your nearest polling place below:


Venue                        Address
Alma Public School  Wilson Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880
Broken Hill High School  Kaolin Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880 
Broken Hill North Public School   619 Chapple Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880
Broken Hill PCYC  58 Gypsum Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880 
Burke Ward Public School  Gypsum Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880 
Morgan Street Public School  Morgan Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880 

COVID safety on election day

The NSW Electoral Commission has introduced a plan to safely deliver elections. The COVID safety plan provides up-to-date information on health protection measures for the 2021 NSW Local Government elections.

Frequently asked questions:

Will I need to be vaccinated?

There is no requirement around vaccination status for voters who choose to vote in person, but COVID safety measures will apply to everyone. This includes checking in and out of a polling places, wearing a mask, hand-sanitising and observing physical distancing. More information about these measures is available via NSW Electoral Commission.

I don't want to go to a polling place on election day due to concern about the pandemic.

There are early voting options available to voters. Applications for voting by post are open now and early voting in person via a pre-polling place.

iVote is an alternative option available from 22 November although is subject to strict eligibility criteria.


Am I eligible to vote?

If you are a resident of the Broken Hill City 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.

How to enrol to vote or update details

If you are eligible to vote you must enrol to vote or you may be fined if you do not enrol or vote in elections.

Register to vote and keep your details up to date online at NSW Electoral Commission.

Where is the returning office located?

The returning office for Broken Hill will be located:

Shop 5 & 18-19, 5 Galena Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880 

Dates: 22 November 2021 - 3 December 2021

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am - 5pm.

What happens if I do not vote?

Voting is compulsory for Broken Hill City residents.

If you do not vote and you don't have a valid reason, you will be fined $55 by the NSW Electoral Commission. Apparent failure to vote notices are distributed within three months of an election event.

Council does not issue the fines and more information about penalties for not voting is available at NSW Electoral Commission

How do I register my interest to work at the Local Government Elections?

You can register your interest to work at the Local Government Elections being held on Saturday 4 December 2021.

A variety of roles are available, from work at a polling place on Election Day to longer-running opportunities at a returning office or pre-poll voting centre.

You can register your interest for employment via the Electoral Commission NSW

Guide for candidates

Nominations to become a Councillor closed on Wednesday 3 November.

The Office of Local Government has launched a comprehensive online candidate training tool. The interactive resource provides candidates with detailed information about running for election and the roles and responsibilities of Council and Councillors.

Additional resources and information can be found from the NSW Electoral Commission. They have developed a guide with six steps to being a candidate.

If you are elected you will need to be available for the following dates for Councillor inductions and professional development:

Friday 24 December 2021
2 hours (morning)
Thursday 6 January 2022
5 hours (evening)
Saturday 8 January 2022
Full day
Friday and Saturday 21-22 January 2022
Two full days
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 3-5 February 2022
Three full days
Monday 7 March 2022
Councillor briefing session (evening)
Friday and Saturday 1-2 April 2022
Two full days
Monday 2 May 2022
Councillor briefing session - extended (evening)

Guide to election signage for candidates

Election signs and posters are generally considered temporary signs and need to be mobile in nature (for example corflute signs on stakes) and temporary in duration.

Political advertising on Council-owned or Council-controlled land is prohibited*. Prohibiting this type of signage enables Council to remain apolitical during election campaigns and helps ensure all candidates have the same opportunities to display election signage.

Placement of election signage

  • The length of display must not exceed the campaign period and must be removed at the conclusion of the election campaign
  • Signage must be properly supported, maintained and not protrude over footpaths
  • Permission for the placement of signs must be obtained by the sign owner from the relevant property owner
  • No sign is to be placed on Council-owned or Council-controlled property or infrastructure
  • No sign is to be placed on trees, footpath areas or on any structure within a road reserve
  • Restrictions now apply to signage displayed at a polling place or pre-polling place within the grounds, on the outer wall, fence or other boundary
  • Signage must not be displayed at a polling place or pre-polling place (for example the footpath or school fences) within 100m of the entrance on polling days, unless they are put in place before 7am. Any signage put in place before 7am on a polling day must not adjust or move signage again until after 7pm.
  • Signage can be on registered vehicles on a road or road related area that follows regulated parking requirements

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Building approval

Certain signs may require a development permit. This is usually required for sign structures that are:

  • freestanding and over two metres high from ground level
  • freestanding and greater than 1.2 metres wide
  • signs that form a separate structure when attached to an existing building or structure.


Removal of signs by Council

Any signs that are placed on property owned or controlled by Council will be removed by Council staff. Council may undertake compliance action if the display of an election sign:

  • adversely affects public safety
  • inappropriately impacts on the use and enjoyment of land
  • excessively affects the visual amenity of an area
  • is erected on public land, unless part of a manned information booth or polling place.

Council will investigate complaints about election signs which are alleged to conflict with the above requirements. Public safety issues will be prioritised. Compliance action could include impounding signs, issuing notices and/or issuing on-the-spot fines.

* See ‘Use of council resources’ part in Council’s Code of Conduct for further details.

Guide to handing out electoral materials for candidates

Electoral materials

Regulation for handing out electoral materials on election day has changed due to COVID-19.

Tangible electoral material must not be handed out within 100 metres of a polling place or pre-polling place.

Electoral material includes a how-to-vote card, poster or advertisement.

Full details of this policy can be found via NSW Electoral Commission.


Electoral posters

A person must not display a poster in or on a polling place or pre-polling place within 100 metres on the day during the election period unless the poster was displayed by the person before 7am and the poster is not adjusted or altered in any way until after 7pm.

This includes A-frames and corflute signage.

Full details of this policy can be found via NSW Electoral Commission



For further information please visit elections.nsw.gov.au/lge21 or phone 1300 135 736.