Non-residential register and rolls

Non-residential register and rolls

Non-residential register

The non-residential register contains the details of people who may be entitled to vote as non-residents at City of Sydney local government elections. 

This includes owners, occupiers and rate-paying lessees of rateable property in the City of Sydney local area who don’t live in the city. 

NSW Government changes to the City of Sydney Act 1988 made it compulsory for the City to maintain this register and for anyone who meets the eligibility criteria to give their details to the City when requested. This requirement is different in other council areas.

Electoral rolls

At election time, the City uses the register to produce electoral rolls of entitled non-residents. The NSW Electoral Commission verifies these rolls to ensure individuals on it are entitled to vote. The commission then includes them on the authorised roll of residents and non-residents to be used for that election.

Eligibility criteria

You may be entitled to vote as a non-resident if you own, occupy or lease rateable property (excluding utility lots) in the City of Sydney local government area and you are not enrolled to vote as a resident of the City of Sydney. You may be entitled in your own right as an individual or as a nominated company officer (or equivalent) of a corporation.

Property owners

You may be entitled to vote as a non-resident owner if you meet all of the criteria listed.

  • You (or your corporation) own rateable property (residential or business, excluding utility lots), by yourself or with others, in the City of Sydney local area. 
  • Your enrolled residential address is not in the City of Sydney local area.
  • You are entitled to vote in federal and NSW state elections in Australia.

If you are nominated on behalf of your corporation, you must also be a current company secretary, director or equivalent of that corporation.

The City knows who owns each rateable property in the local area at any given time. We receive regular updates about property purchases and have access to supplementary data from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

We will make direct contact with each property owner to confirm the details we hold or ask for additional information when needed.

Property owners do not need to apply to be on the non-residential register as the City will automatically add their details.

Property occupiers

You may be entitled to vote as a non-resident occupier if you meet all of the criteria listed.

  • You (or your corporation) occupy rateable property (residential or business, excluding utility lots) by yourself or with others, in the City of Sydney local area.
  • You pay $4,000 or more a year to occupy the property, by yourself or with others.
  • You have occupied the property continuously for the previous 3 months.
  • Your enrolled residential address is not in the City of Sydney local area.
  • You are entitled to vote in federal and NSW state elections in Australia.

If you are nominated on behalf of your corporation you must also be a current company secretary, director or equivalent of that corporation.

The City does not hold information about who occupies each property in the city. Therefore, property occupiers are required to apply to be on the register.

To be eligible you need to provide the City with the following details:

  • the name of the person, or people, and/or corporation/s that pay to occupy the property
  • the address of the property you occupy
  • your contact details
  • if you occupy as a corporation, your corporation’s ACN
  • if you occupy as a person, your date of birth for the NSW Electoral Commission to verify your enrolment details.

You also need to declare that you:

  • have occupied this property for at least 3 months
  • pay at least $4,000 per annum to occupy the property (alone or with others).

To register, occupiers can complete a simple 2-page form.

Once the City has reviewed your application, we will be in contact to confirm your details.

Rate-paying lessees

You may be entitled to vote as a non-resident rate-paying lessee if you meet all of the criteria listed. 

  • You (or your corporation) lease rateable property (residential or business, excluding utility lots), by yourself or with others, in the City of Sydney local area.
  • You pay $4,000 or more a year in lease payments for the property, which includes a contribution to rates, by yourself or with others.
  • You have leased the property continuously for the previous 3 months.
  • Your enrolled residential address is not in the City of Sydney local area.
  • You are entitled to vote in federal and NSW state elections in Australia. 

If you are nominated on behalf of your corporation you must also be a current company secretary, director or equivalent of that corporation.

If you are unsure whether you pay a contribution towards rates, it is likely that you are not a rate-paying lessee, but you may be an occupier (see property occupiers above).

If you would like to register as a rate-paying lessee, or are unsure if you meet the criteria, contact Customer Service on 02 9265 9333.

Methodology and plan

In August 2015, Council unanimously endorsed a detailed methodology and program plan to guide the development of the non-residential register.

In September 2017, Council endorsed an updated methodology and plan to guide the maintenance of the non-residential register up to the next City of Sydney local government election on 12 September 2020.

A total of 22,972 non-residential voters were verified by the NSW Electoral Commission to vote at the 2016 City of Sydney election held on 10 September 2016. Our fact sheet provides information about the 2016 non-residential rolls.

Maintaining your details

If would like to change any of your details please either send updates to us by email at register@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or complete and send form G (change of details).

If you would like to know what information the City holds on the non-residential register regarding you and/or the property you own, occupy or lease, please contact the City by:

Contacts

If you would like to know more about the non-residential register, please contact:

Customer Service
02 9265 9333


Last updated: Wednesday, 1 November 2017