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)

Voting information

Candidate information

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

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