2020 Local Government Elections
Local Government is an elected system of government directly accountable to the local community. Leadership of councils is provided by 'the Council'. This is all of the elected representatives, or Councillors, who work together to provide good governance for the benefit of their local community.
Cessnock City Council's election will be administered by the NSW Electoral Commission. All enquiries should be directed to them on 1300 135 736. The NSW Electoral Commission will appoint a returning officer to oversee the election process. Once the officer is appointed, we will advise of their office location and contact details.
Frequently asked questions
Which ward do I belong to?
Our LGA is divided into four areas called ‘Wards’ and each ward has three Councillors to represent the people within these areas.
You can view ward maps on our How does Council work page.
Am I eligible to vote?
If you are a resident of Cessnock 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.
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.
Check if you're eligible
If you are eligible to vote as a non-resident, contact Council to be included in the non-residential roll.
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.
For more information on how to become a Councillor, visit the Office of Local Government website.