Register to vote as a non-resident property owner, occupier or rate-paying lessee

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GPO Box 1591
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The City of Sydney maintains a register with 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.

Changes made by the NSW Government in 2015 to the City of Sydney Act 1988 made it compulsory for us to maintain this register and for anyone who meets the eligibility criteria to give their details to us when requested. This requirement is different in other council areas.

At election time, we use 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.

Failure to vote

Voting at local government elections is compulsory in New South Wales.

If you are on the authorised roll and do not vote, the NSW Electoral Commission will send you an apparent Failure to Vote notice after the election. You can respond to this notice with the reason you did not vote, for consideration by the NSW Electoral Commissioner. If your reason is not accepted, you will be issued with a penalty notice for $55.

Key dates for the next election

  • Monday 8 July 2024: final date for receipt of applications to ensure processing in time for the 2024 election.
  • Monday 5 August 2024: close of rolls. After which the City passes electoral details of each eligible non-resident to the NSW Electoral Commission for verification. The details of those verified are then added to the authorised electoral roll for the 2024 election.
  • Saturday 14 September 2024: City of Sydney local government 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.

Maintaining and confirming your details

If would like to change any of your details please either update them using our online service, or send updates to us by email at [email protected] or download the form below.

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:

  • email [email protected]
  • post to Council Elections, City of Sydney, GPO Box 1591, Sydney NSW 2001.
Change of details formPDF · 40.13 KB · Last modified

Developing the non-residential register

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 which was postponed to Saturday 4 December 2021.

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.

A total of 47,465 non-residential voters were verified by the NSW Electoral Commission to vote at the 2021 City of Sydney election held on 4 December 2021. 

Non-residential register methodology and plan 2017–2021PDF · 2.1 MB · Last modified
Non-residential register and rolls methodology and program plan (2015)PDF · 898.51 KB · Last modified