Local Government is an elected system of government directly accountable to the local community. All of the elected representatives, known as councillors, work together to provide good governance for the benefit of their local community.

Council elections

Under the Local Government Act 1993, council elections are held on the second Saturday in September every four years. By-elections are conducted periodically when a vacancy occurs.

Voting is compulsory.

Next general election

A general election for the Northern Beaches Council will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021 between 8am - 6pm.

On 18 December 2018, Council resolved that the NSW Electoral Commission will administer the election for the Northern Beaches Council – see resolution 388/18.

Northern Beaches Council composition

  • 15 Councillors (3 Councillors in each of the five Wards)
  • 5 Wards (Pittwater, Frenchs Forest, Manly, Curl Curl, Narrabeen) View ward map

The Mayor is elected by the Council (2 year term)

Electoral Roll

Residential Roll

When you enrol to vote in Federal or State Elections you will automatically be included on the residential roll for the ward or council area you live in.

Non-residential Roll

You are also eligible to vote as a non-resident in a ward or council area if you are an owner of rateable land in the ward or council area or an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the ward or council area.

To apply to be included on the Non Residential Roll please complete the applicable form and submit to Council by 26 July 2021.

Helpful links

For more information please visit NSW Electoral Commission.

Candidate information

Learn how you can become a candidate at the next local government election. See useful links, key dates and other documentation.  Find out more