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

Council Elections unit

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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.

NSW Government changes 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.

Information for non-residents: September 2021

The City of Sydney is contacting everyone who may be eligible to vote as a non-resident in the 2021 election.

The City of Sydney local government election has been postponed until Saturday 4 December 2021.

If you’ve received communications from the City of Sydney about your requirement to vote, the following information may be helpful.

Corporations or groups may have deemed nominees:

  • The City of Sydney Act 1988 requires the City of Sydney CEO to deem up to 2 company officers or equivalents when corporations or groups have an interest in property. The legislation requires that nominees are selected based on alphabetical order by last name. For corporations, nominees must be selected, in alphabetical order of last name, from secretaries first, then directors.
  • If a group or corporation has nominated a single representative, the City of Sydney must deem a second representative if one is available.
    • Corporations and groups can nominate a different nominee to that listed in your letter by emailing [email protected].
    • If your details have changed, please email your new details to [email protected]. Please include your reference number in the email. 

Voting, including postal vote applications, is managed by the NSW Electoral Commission. The commission will update its webpage closer to the election with options for voting. This will include pre-polling, postal, online (iVote) and  in-person voting options. Postal and online voting will be available to voters from all states in Australia.

Non-residents aren’t included in some NSW Electoral Commission’s general services. You’ll need to apply for a postal vote for the City of Sydney election even if you automatically receive a postal vote for your local area. Also, the election reminder service doesn’t include non-resident details.

Next steps

The City will continue to accept new applications from eligible non-residents. Applications and all changes of details must be received by the City by 27 September 2021 to ensure they can be processed in time for the 2021 election. 

After close of rolls on 25 October 2021, The City will pass electoral details of each eligible non-resident to the  NSW Electoral Commission for verification. The details of those verified will be added to the authorised electoral roll for the 2021 election. It is compulsory to vote if you are on the authorised roll.

The City will contact all non-residents who are required to vote in early November 2021. This will allow time for postal and online (iVote) vote applications.


Key dates

  • Monday 27 September: Final date for receipt of applications to ensure processing in time for the 2021 election.
  • Saturday 4 December: 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 will now be held on 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. Our fact sheet provides information about the 2016 non-residential rolls.

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
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