The September 2020 NSW local government elections will be postponed given the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus.
The Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) has been amended to confer on the Minister, a time-limited power to postpone council elections.
The postponement of the next election will not change the future schedule of council elections, and the subsequent election will still proceed in September 2024.
Popularly elected mayors will continue to hold their office until an ordinary election is held. In the case of mayors elected by councillors, mayoral elections will need to be held for mayors elected in September 2018 when their two year-terms expire. Mayors elected in September 2019 will continue to hold office until September 2021, once the election date is determined.