​Timetable

The NT Local Government (Council) general election timetable is determined by the Local Government Act 2008 and Local Government (Electoral) Regulations which specifies:

  • Notice inviting nominations: At least 43 days before election day
  • Close of electoral roll: Thirty two days before election day at 5:00 pm
  • Close of nominations: Twenty three days before election day at 12:00 noon
  • Election day: Fourth Saturday in August every four years

Close of electoral roll

The electoral roll is closed at 5:00 pm, thirty-two days before election day. You must enrol at your current residential address so you can vote for the candidates in your Local Government (Council) area.

NOTE: You can still update your address details after the close of roll; however, you will be 'captured' on the roll for your previous address and you must provide this address when voting. Updating your details after the close of roll for an election ensures your details are correct for future events.

Close of nominations

Any person wanting to stand as a candidate must lodge a correctly completed nomination form after the close of the electoral roll and before the close of nominations at 12:00 noon, twenty days after the notice inviting nominations. The public declaration of nominations and draw for positions on the ballot paper takes place soon after nomination close.

Election timetable

EventTime

Local Government Electoral Regulations (LGER) and
Local Government Act (LGA) reference

Notice inviting nominationsAt least 43 days before election dayLGER r6
Close of electoral roll5:00 pm, 32nd day before election dayLGER r11
Close of nominations12:00 noon, 23rd day before election dayLGER r3 and r8

Declaration of nominations

Draw for positions on ballot papers

At the appropriate time:

meaning, 3:00 pm on the day following nomination day or not earlier than 12:00 noon on nomination day and not later than 6:00 pm third day after nomination day

LGER r10

Postal vote mail-out commencesAs soon as practicable after the order of candidate names on the ballot paper is determinedLGER r27 (2)
Early voting commencesFixed by the returning officerLGER r3
Mobile voting commencesFixed by the returning officerLGER r3
Overseas postal voting dispatches ceaseFourth day before election dayLGER r27 (3)(b)
All postal voting dispatches ceaseSecond day before election dayLGER r27 (3)(b)
Early voting ceasesThe day before election dayLGER r3

Election day

Day fixed under the Act for an election

Voting between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm

Mobile voting ceases (no later than 6:00 pm)

LGA s84 (2) and s85

LGER r3 and r37

LGER r3 and r37

Deadline for receipt of postal votes 12:00 noon, sixth day after election dayLGER r46 and r51

Final count of postal votes

Distribution of preferences

As soon as practicable after the close of voting for an electorate

LGER r52

Declaration of election resultsAs soon as practicable after the results of an election have been determinedLGER r56
Application disputing an electionTo be filed within 21 days after the conclusion of the election LGA s91