The New South Wales Electoral Commission Virtual Tally Room contains election results for the Local Government elections held on 8 September 2012.

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Welcome to the results page for the NSW Local Government Elections 2012 (LGE2012) which is very similar to the NSWEC Virtual Tally Room (VTR) at the completion of the election.

Elections being conducted by NSWEC

Section 296 of the Local Government elections Act was changed on 27 June 2011 giving Councils the opportunity to conduct their own elections if they wished. The vast majority of Councils decided to continue to use the expertise and experience of the NSWEC.

Councils conducting their own elections are identified on the Results by Local Government Area page by an asterisk.

The VTR contains results for both contests conducted by NSWEC and elections conducted by the Council. The VTR operated throughout the election event and published results from election night through to the declaration of the successful Councillor candidates, Mayoral candidates, and the final results of referendums and polls.

Sub menus on the left provide results and information about the status and the dates and time the status was achieved for elections run by the NSWEC of each election or contest. Details of each status with an associated description are contained on the bottom of each of the status pages.


For detailed results for a Local Government Area (Council) go to Results by Local Government Area (those conducted by NSWEC only)

Count of Votes

As a result of the different types of counting methods required for these elections, all Mayoral, Referendum and Poll counts were conducted manually and locally by the returning officer. Conversely, the more complex Councillor counts, were conducted using the NSWEC counting software at either the NSWEC Local Government Count Centre in Sydney for meteropolitan councils or at a Regional Counting centres regional councils.


The NSWEC conducted 253 Councillor elections and 29 of these were uncontested. The remaining 224 of the elections conducted by the NSWEC, have been counted using the NSWEC proportional representation counting system. Markings from each ballot paper were data entered into the system at either the Local Government Counting Centre (LGCC) or in a Regional Count centre. Files with with full preference markings for each council election are available from this site as item 11 on the final results page for each council.

Mayoral, Referendums and Polls

There were 26 Councils for which the NSWEC conducted an election for directly elected Mayor. All were contested. There were also 8 Referendums and 6 Polls conducted.

These were counted manually and locally in the returning officers office by the returning officer. Final distribution of preference counts for Mayor commenced on Tuesday 11 September.

Councils Administering Own Elections

Some 14 Councils administered their own elections at the general election. While these Councils' results are reported on this website by copying results from other sources post the election to ensure the public has as complete record of the results for the election in one convenient location. However, the NSW Electoral Commission takes no responsibility for their accuracy of this data (see disclaimer on Council pages).