The New South Wales Electoral Commission (NSWEC) Virtual Tally Room (VTR) contains election results for the Local Government elections held on 10 September 2016.


Welcome to the results page for the NSW Local Government Elections 2016 (LGE2016) which is very similar to the NSWEC Virtual Tally Room (VTR) at the completion of the election.

Elections 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 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.

The menu on the left provides access to results and information about the status and the dates and time the status was achieved for elections conducted by the NSWEC.

During the election period the VTR only contained results for elections conducted by the NSWEC. Elections conducted by Councils have been published on this site post the declaration of these elections.


For detailed results for a Local Government Area (Council) go to Results by Local Government Area.

Counting of Votes

Each contest type is counted differently. Counts for Mayoral, Referendum and Poll are conducted manually at the Returning Officer's office and reported on the VTR.

The more complex Councillor counts are conducted using a combination of manual counting and data entry into the NSWEC counting software. Counting and data entry was conducted at either the NSWEC Local Government Count Centre in Sydney for metropolitan councils or at the Returning Officer's office for non-metropolitan councils.


The NSWEC was responsible for 76 Councillor elections. Markings from each ballot paper were either bulk entered or data entered paper by paper into the NSWEC proportional representation count system. Files with full preference markings for each Council election are available from this site now candidates are declared elected for each contest.

Mayoral, Referendum and Poll

The NSWEC was responsible for conducting 17 elections for directly elected Mayor. The NSWEC was also responsible for conducting 6 Referendums.

Councils Administering their Own Elections

5 Councils elected to administer their own elections at this general election, results have been supplied by these Councils' and incorporated on this website. The NSWEC takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this data.

Councils in Administration

1 Council was in administration and as such was unable to participate in this general election.

Council Elections Deferred

Some Councils had their elections deferred due to the formation of new Councils and were unable to participate in the 2016 Local Government Elections.