Local Government is an elected system of government directly accountable to the local community. All of the elected representatives, known as councillors, work together to provide good governance for the benefit of their local community.

Council elections

Under the Local Government Act 1993, council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every four years. By-elections are conducted periodically when a vacancy occurs.

Voting is compulsory.

Next general election

A general election for the Northern Beaches Council will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021 between 8am - 6pm.

On 18 December 2018, Council resolved that the NSW Electoral Commission will administer the election for the Northern Beaches Council – see resolution 388/18.

Northern Beaches Council composition

  • 15 Councillors (3 Councillors in each of the five Wards)
  • 5 Wards (Pittwater, Frenchs Forest, Manly, Curl Curl, Narrabeen) View ward map

The Mayor is elected by the Council (2 year term)

Electoral Roll

Residential Roll

When you enrol to vote in Federal or State Elections you will automatically be included on the residential roll for the ward or council area you live in.

Non-residential Roll

You are also eligible to vote as a non-resident in a ward or council area. 

To apply to be included on the Non Residential Roll please complete the applicable form and submit to Council by 25 October 2021.

Eligibility

You must be eligible to vote at Federal or State elections to be on a non-residential roll. Your eligibility must be based on land within the council area and must not only be used as a car park.

To be on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land, you must be:

  • the sole owner of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the joint or several owners of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who own the rateable land, or
  • the lessee of the land from the Crown and the land is rateable Crown land.

To be on the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees, you must be:

  • the sole occupier or ratepaying lessee of rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the joint or several occupiers or ratepaying lessees of the rateable land, or
  • nominated as the elector by the corporation or trustees who occupy or are the ratepaying lessee of the rateable land, and have the legal right to occupy the land, or be responsible for paying all or part of the rates on the land for 3 years following the date you apply to be on the roll.

Helpful links

For more information please visit NSW Electoral Commission.

Candidate information

Learn how you can become a candidate at the next local government election. See useful links, key dates and other documentation.  Find out more