The next election of councillors for Rockdale City Council are expected to be held in September 2016. Council elections are normally held on the second Saturday in September every 4 years. Voting is compulsory if you are on the electoral roll.
Council comprises fifteen councillors, who are elected for a four year term. The Mayor is elected annually by the councillors.
Rockdale City Council, like many other councils, in the past has engaged the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) to organise and conduct the Council elections.
Local Government elections and by-elections are conducted in a legal environment in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005. Council has chosen the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) to conduct of the 2012 Council elections to ensure that the elections are conducted independently and impartially.
An independent Returning Officer is appointed by the NSWEC to conduct the election on behalf of and under the direction of the Electoral Commissioner.
The Electoral Commissioner appoints the polling places for council elections.
Information is available on candidates, pre-polling places and polling places on the day of the election.
Each council is required by law to meet the costs of the conduct of its election.
Residents of Rockdale City
All residents of Rockdale City local government area are entitled to vote at local government elections if they are registered on the electoral roll. Voting is compulsory. Electors enrolled for Federal and State elections are automatically enrolled for their local Council area.
To find out how you can enrol to vote, contact the Australian Electoral Commission on 13 23 26, or obtain an enrolment form from your local post office.
Non-Resident Electoral Roll
If you are an owner, rate-paying lessee or occupier of rateable land which is not your primary residence, you or a nominee may be entitled to be enrolled on the roll of non-residential owners of rateable land or the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees for this election.
If a claim for non-residential enrolment was made for a previous Council election, and you wish to claim enrolment for a future election, you must re-apply. Claim forms must be completed and lodged with Council by a pre-determined date prior to an election.