Council Election

Council Election

Local Government Elections (to elect Penrith City Councillors) will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021.

Council’s election will be conducted by an electoral services contractor, the Australian Election Company and not the NSW Electoral Commission. Detailed information from the Election Contractor about all aspects of the election can be found here

If you are on the NSW electoral roll and would like to get an email or text message reminder whenever a local government or state election is coming up, register on the Service NSW website for the NSW Electoral Reminder Facility.

Please note VOTING IS COMPULSORY and fines apply if you fail to vote.


Changes to legislation have been made to allow residents to make a postal vote if they are concerned about the COVID-19 situation. More details will be provided in October. Applications for postal votes open on 25 October and close at 5pm, 29 November.

The health and safety of our community is a key priority for Council and our electoral services provider, the Australian Election Company.

Public Health Orders can and do change suddenly. The Australian Election Company will ensure the election is conducted under a COVID safety plan and in line with the Public Health Orders in place at the time to minimise risk.

Voters will be required to check in via a QR code, masks will be mandatory for voters and election staff, single use pencils will be provided and physical distancing rules will apply. Additional staff will be employed to make sure these regulations are followed and to undertake regular cleaning of high contact areas.

Council will also establish four pre-polling centres across the Local Government Area where you can vote ahead of election day. Details will be provided closer to the election.

Penrith City is made up of three wards – North, South and East – and if you are voting on election day you must vot in your ward. To find out your ward go to

Returning Office

The returning office will be located at 216 Queen St, St Marys, NSW. 

For general election enquiries please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or one of the following numbers:

For enquiries about working at the election please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or one of the following numbers:

Please note, the election office phone numbers will not be active until mid-October.

Becoming a Councillor, the election process and legal obligations

Please note, the information in the link below is provided by the NSW Electoral Commission. Much of the information will be relevant for the Penrith City Council Election, however some information may not be. If in doubt, please contact the Returning Officer for the Penrith City Council Election from mid-October.

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 councils and councillors. It is designed to arm election candidates with the know-how to launch their election campaign and serve their community to the best of their ability if they are elected.

Nominating for the Election

For more information about nominating for the election including nomination forms, please click on the link below.

Who is running for Council?

Nominations to run for office in the upcoming elections close on 3 November and candidates will be announced after this date.

In line with the Local Government Act, Council does not promote candidates through any of its channels. Candidates will be announced by Council’s election services provider, the Australian Election Company after the closing date, and information on those standing will be available from local news sources – both in print and online.

Working at the Election

If you are interested in working at the Penrith City Council Elections complete the application to work form below and return to Council’s Election Contractor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application to work

If you require this form in an accessible format contact us at (02) 4732 7777


To check the status of your current enrolment you should contact the Australian Electoral Commission or go to

Non-Residential Roll

To apply for the non-residential roll please complete the following forms and return to Council:

Non-Residential Individual Application

Non-Residential Nominee Application

If you require these documents in an accessible format please contact usThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 4732 7777.

May 2018 By-election results

The official declaration of the polls on 16 May 2018 saw us welcome the two new Councillors elected from Saturday's by-election, Brian Cartwright in South Ward and Robin Cook in East ward.

Download the 2018 By-election report

You can see the detailed vote counts below:

May 2018 By-election

Voting closed at 6pm on Saturday, 12 May 2018 in the by-election to elect one candidate each for the East and South Wards of Council. Please see the Notice of Contested Election for the East and South Ward.

The Australian Election Company conducted the by-elections for Council. Comprehensive information on the conduct of this election can be found at the Australian Election Company’s website.

On Saturday 10 September 2016, the local government election of Councillors took place in Penrith, administered by the Australian Election Company.

Final Election Results

The next Local Government Election will be held in September 2020.

Conduct of the 2016 Election Report

This report has been prepared in accordance with the Council's obligations under Section 393A of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 which requires the General Manager to Report on the Election.

Download the Conduct of the 2016 Election Report.