Lord Mayor and councillors
The City of Sydney is represented by the Lord Mayor and 9 councillors who are elected until the next ordinary election in September 2024.
The City of Sydney and all other councils in NSW operate within a legislative framework determined by the state government.
Our councillors are elected for a 4-year term by residents and non-residents. However, due to the 2020 election being postponed the current Council will serve for 2 years and 9 months.
The Lord Mayor is popularly elected. The Deputy Lord Mayor is elected by the councillors each year. All councillors represent the entire area as the City of Sydney is not divided into wards.
Councillors make decisions on all key matters at Council and Committee meetings. Members of the public can address committee meetings and may also attend Council meetings.
We consult our communities regularly to seek the opinions of residents, business owners and other interested parties to ensure they play a role in the decision-making process.
PoliciesCode of conductThe Local Government Act requires every council adopt a code of conduct that incorporates the provisions of the model code of conduct.Published 13 May 2019
PoliciesCode of meeting practiceApplies to all Council and committee meetings of which all members are councillors.Published 29 August 2022
PoliciesCouncillors’ expenses and facilities policyThe Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor and councillors can only be reimbursed in line with this policy.Published 7 August 2017
Council governance & administrationCouncillors’ expenditure reportsThese reports detail the expenses and facilities provided to the Lord Mayor and councillors to enable them to undertake their civic duties.Published 13 February 2023