Council Elections & Referendums


NSW Local Council Elections are on Saturday 9 September, 2017

Now’s the time to check your enrolment details are up to date!

Voting is compulsory in areas where elections are being held.

to check your enrolled address, for early voting options, find polling places (available mid-August) or to sign up for an election reminder.


About Council Elections and Wards

Every four years the residents and ratepayers of The Hills Shire elect 12 Councillors. The last election of Councillors for The Hills Shire Council was held on Saturday, 8 September 2012.

The next ordinary election was originally scheduled to be held on 10 September, 2016 but, following the State Government’s decision to amalgamate some Council’s or to amend boundaries, those affected Councils, including The Hills Shire Council, has had elections deferred until 9 September 2017.

Currently, the Councillors elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor on an annual basis. However, following a constitutional referendum in 2012 to determine the method of election of the Mayor, electors will cast a vote on who should be elected as Mayor for a three year term at the 2017 election and four year terms in subsequent elections.

Traditionally, the twelve Councillors elected to The Hills Shire Council, represent a Ward. Three Councillors are elected to each Ward (Central, North, East and West). Prior to the proclamation dated 12 May 2016, whereby that part of the then Hills Shire Council below the M2 was moved to the City of Parramatta, the Hills Shire was divided into four wards. The proclamation removed all wards.

Council resolved on 11 October 2016 to re-establish four wards after approval was received from the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Reinstatement of the four (4) Ward structure (Central, East, North and West) within The Hills Shire Council was gazetted on Tuesday 24 January 2017, effective immediately.

Whilst the reinstatement of Boundaries has been enacted, all eleven (11) Councillors at present will continue to represent all residents of The Hills Shire until the proposed Local Government Election scheduled for 9 September 2017.

Voting is compulsory for all residents over the age of 18.

Standing for Council on 9 September 2017

In accordance with Section 274 of The Local Government Act 1993 a person is qualified to hold civic office if:


Voting at the Elections on 9 September 2017

As outlined in Section 266 of the Act, you are entitled to vote in Local Government elections if:

  • (a)  he or she is a resident of the ward, or
  • (b)  he or she is not a resident of the ward but is an owner of rateable land in the ward, or
  • (c)  he or she is an occupier, or ratepaying lessee, of rateable land in a ward.


    Are you interested in becoming a Councillor of The Hills Shire and nominating in the upcoming Election on 9 September 2017? 

    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. 

    The communities served by councils are diverse, and this should be reflected in the people elected.

    Councillors are elected by their local community to represent community views on Council, provide leadership and make sure local needs are met. They do this by allocating resources for the benefit of the local area, developing policies and reviewing the Council's performance in relation to delivering services and other matters.

    To assist Councillors in their role The Hills Shire Council has in place a Hills Shire Plan. The Hills Shire Plan integrates Council’s resource capabilities to the community’s needs and shows how we are working to achieve a better quality of life for all who live, work and visit our Shire.

    The Hills Shire Plan addresses:


    The Community Strategic Plan termed ‘Hills Future’ articulates the Hills Shire Community’s and Council’s shared vision, values, aspirations and priorities derived from extensive community consultation. This is the first document which makes up The Hills Shire Plan.


    Council sets its priorities when it is elected and they are renewed annually. More details of these priorities are contained in The Hills Shire Plan and also in this Executive Summary.


    An independent review and analysis of our financial sustainability conducted by the NSW Treasury Corporation in March 2014, has resulted in Council being assessed as

    'Strong' with a 'neutral outlook', indicating we would remain strong for at least the next three years.


    Our infrastructure backlog has now been reduced to zero. Council is projected to spend $144M on capital expenditure in 2016-17. Detailed jobs planned for the next year on buildings and parks, roads, footpaths and cycleways, traffic and stormwater are listed in the Hills Shire Plan.


    Council is particularly proud of its community events, and pleased to see so many people enjoying high quality cultural events and celebrations close to home. Other activities that Council is planning to undertake in the next financial year are detailed in the Hills Shire Plan.

    The current Plan can be downloaded here.

    A Councillor's role is important. The decisions a councillor makes and the services provided by Councils can impact on lives, our local community and our local environment.

    2017 Elections - Key Dates & Deadlines

    The election for The Hills Shire Council is being held on 9 September 2017. In the lead up to the election there are some deadlines that must be met if you are planning on nominating for election to Council. Some key election dates and information for prospective candidates are provided below:-

    Key Election Dates - Election Calendar 2017(PDF, 209KB)

    (as currently advertised by the NSW Electoral Commision)

    • 31 July 2017 - Close of Authorised Roll and Close of Non-Residential Role (6.00pm) Nominations as a Candidate for the Election open
    • 9 August 2017 - Close of Nominations (12.00noon), Registration of Electoral Material (how-to-vote) commences
    • 28 August 2017- Pre-poll voting opens
    • 1 September 2017 - Registration of how-to-vote closes (5.00pm)
    • 4 September 2017 - Postal vote applications close (5.00pm)
    • 8 September 2017 - Pre-poll voting closes (6.00pm)
    • 9 September 2017 - ELECTION DAY
    • 11 September 2017 - Return of postal votes closes (6.00pm)

    Resources for Prospective Candidates


    The Office of Local Government ( has information for prospective candidates.

    Some of these links are identified below:

    Becoming a Councillor

    Office of Local Government Election Information for All Candidates(PDF, 6MB)

    Election Information for Women

    Office of Local Government Election Information for Women(PDF, 463KB)

    Election Information for Diverse Groups

    Office of Local Government Election Information for CALD Groups(PDF, 439KB)

    Office of Local Government Election Information for ATSI Groups(PDF, 446KB)

    Stand for your Community

    Office of Local Government Election Information for All Candidates in various languages(PDF, 92KB)


    More Information

    If you would like further information about becoming a councillor, you may wish to talk to an existing councillor in your local area or contact the Office of Local Government - or phone 02 4428 4100.

    For more information about registration, nomination, election campaign finances, voting and other election processes, as well as important dates and deadlines, go to the NSW Electoral Commission website at or  

    Election Signage

    Exempt Provisions of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Code) 2008 in relation to election signs

    An election sign is as a temporary advertisement advertising a political candidate or candidates, a registered political party or a campaign for a local government election.

    Candidates for the election can erect election signage without approval provided consent is gained from the owner of the land on which the sign is placed and that the sign complies with the development standards below:

    • not be more than 0.8m2 in area, and
    • if on the site of a heritage item or draft heritage item-not be attached to a building, and
    • be displayed by or on behalf of a candidate at an election referred to in clause 2.106 or the party (if any) of any such candidate, and
    • be displayed in accordance with any relevant requirements of the Act under which the election is held, and
    • be displayed only during the following periods:
    1. Five (5) weeks immediately preceding the day on which the election is held,
    2. The day on which the election is held,
    3. One (1) week immediately following the day on which the election is held.

    Endeavour Energy request that election signs not be placed on their power poles or other network assets during the upcoming election campaign. They advise that the unauthorised use of their network to post signs is a breach of both the Electricity Supply Act 1995 and the Graffiti Control Act 2008 and breaches strict safety rules for working on or near electricity infrastructure, particularly when poles and streetlight columns are adjacent to public roads. Should posters or advertising appear on their assets, they will remove them and invoice the organisation responsible for the cost of doing so.

    Non-Residential Voters

    The non-residential rolls contain the name and address of all those with an entitlement to vote as non-residents, as verified by the New South Wales Electoral Commission.

    You’re an individual if:

    You are a person who owns, occupies or leases property within The Hills Shire Local Government Area, and you are not a resident of The Hills Shire Local Government Area. This may include where you operate a business from your premises as a sole trader.

    You’re a corporation if:

    Your organisation is established as a body corporate under current legislation, for example a corporation established as such under the Corporations Act 2001, trade union established under the Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW) or an incorporated association registered under the Associations Incorporations Act 2009 (NSW). For further clarification we suggest you seek your own legal advice. Alternatively, submit the required forms to the Council and we will process them, in order to determine eligibility.

    How many times can my name appear on the electoral roll?

    A person can only appear once on the electoral roll.

    For example, if you are enrolled as a resident of The Hills Shire Local Government Area, you cannot also be included on the non-residential roll even if you are nominated as a company officer for a company that occupies property within The Hills Shire Local Government Area.

    Likewise, regardless of how many rateable properties you own, occupy or lease, by yourself or with others, in The Hills Shire Local Government Area, you may only appear once on the electoral roll.

    How many votes can a person have?

    Any person can only vote once regardless of the number of rateable properties they own, occupy or lease in The Hills Shire Local Government Area.

    More detailed information on eligibility can be obtained from the NSW Electoral Commission website

    The Application Forms below must be completed and lodged with The Hills Shire Council on or before 6.00pm on Monday 31 July 2017 to:


    The General Manager - The Hills Shire Council

    By Post: PO Box 7064, Baulkham Hills BC 2153

    By Hand: 3 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills

    By Fax: (02) 9843 0409

    By Email:


    LG.127I - Non-residential Roll Individual Application - Sept 2017 Election(DOCX, 58KB)

    LG.127N - Non-residential Roll Nominee Application - Sept 2017 Election(DOCX, 69KB)

    About the 2012 Council Elections and Referendum

    The Local Government elections were held on Saturday 8 September, 2012.

    Council Election Results

    On Monday 17 September 2012, the Returning Officer for the election of The Hills Shire Councillors officially declared the following persons elected as Councillors until the next ordinary election of the Council (scheduled for September 2017):

    Central Ward - Clr Yvonne Keane, Clr Dr Jeff Lowe, Clr Tony Hay OAM

    East Ward - Clr Andrew Jefferies, Clr Ryan Tracey, Clr Alan Haselden

    North Ward - Clr Robyn Preston, Clr Peter Gangemi, Clr Mark Taylor

    West Ward - Clr Dr Michelle Byrne - Adjunct Professor, Clr Raymond Harty OAM, Clr Mike Thomas

    The Constitutional Referendum

    The Constitutional Referendum conducted in conjunction with the elections on 8 September with the following question:

    Do you favour the election of the mayor by electors for a four year term which will necessarily increases the number of Councillors by 1?

    favoured the YES case:

    YES 49,018
    NO 43,702
    TOTAL 92,720
    INFORMAL 7955
    TOTAL 100,675

    Therefore from September 2016 Council will have its Mayor elected by the people rather than by fellow Councillors and there will be 13 Councillors on Council.