Local Government Elections 2021

The next election for the Clarence Valley Council will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021.

Local government elections in NSW are held every 4 years.

However, due to the 2020 election being postponed by a year, the current council will remain for a 5-year term and the new Council that is elected at the 2021 election will serve for a 3-year term. 

All you need to know about becoming a councillor(PDF, 7MB).


Voting is compulsory for people enrolled in the Clarence Valley Local Government Area.

If you are a resident of the Clarence Valley local government area, you can check if your enrolment details are current with the Australian Electoral Commission. You must enter your details exactly as they appear on the electoral roll. The Council does not hold electoral information for local residents.

If you are not a resident, you may still be entitled to vote if you own, occupy or lease property in the local government area as a corporation, business or individual.

Check your eligibility

Non-residential rolls are prepared by Council's general manager, and the NSW Electoral Commissioner will confirm the voters listed are eligible for enrolment on the non-residential roll. To be included on the Clarence Valley Council's non-residential roll, call us on 02 6643 0200 or email your details to council@clarence.nsw.gov.au    

Want to become a Councillor?

Candidate information sessions

The NSW Electoral Commission is conducting a series of online candidate information sessions in the lead-up to the elections.  

Become a Councillor

Candidate nominations will open on Monday, 25 October 2021 and close Wednesday, 3 November 2021.

Information about being a candidate can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission website:

Councillor induction program

If you are elected as a member of the Clarence Valley Council, you must be available to attend induction and development sessions. Our induction program has been scheduled to provide the new council with a solid grounding in local government and Clarence Valley Council operations.

Attendance at induction and development sessions is reported annually.

Check session dates and times

Useful documents: