New South Wales

Head of State: Governor
Leader of Government: Premier
Electoral Authority: New South Wales Electoral Commission
Parliaments and Local Councils Legislative Council Legislative Assembly Local Councils
Terms of Members of Parliament/Council Members elected for 8 years (i.e. 2 parliamentary terms) with half the members (i.e. 21 members) being elected at each Legislative Assembly election. 4 year fixed term. 4th Saturday in March. 4 year fixed term. 2nd Saturday in September.
Number of Members 42 Members with the State serving as a single constituency. 93 elected from single-member electoral districts. 81 Council elections conducted in September 2016. Remaining Councils deferred to 2017 due to Council amalgamations.
Electoral Legislation Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act (1912).
Constitution Act (1902).
Local Government Act (1993).
Voting Systems (definitions) Proportional representation. Optional Preferential. Optional Preferential for Mayor/Proportional Representation for Councillor.
Enrolment and Voting Eligibility Same as for Commonwealth Voting is compulsory for electors on the NSW state roll. Property owners, rate-paying occupiers or lessees can apply to be on the non-residential roll in a local area (if they are not already enrolled as a resident in that area and if they are eligible to be enrolled for state and federal elections).
Redistribution Provisions and Frequency None. Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act (1912).
Constitution Act (1902).
Conducted by Electoral Districts Commission, made up of Supreme Court Judge (current or retired), Surveyor General and Electoral Commissioner.
After 2 elections by law; 25% of seats outside quota.
Local Government Act (1993) by law.
Joint Rolls Arrangements Between Commonwealth, States and Territories Since 1927.
Registration, Funding and Donations and Expenditure Disclosure Provisions Parties, candidates, groups and third-party campaigners must register for election funding, expenditure and disclosure purposes and appoint an official agent or party agent.
Parties and candidates that are registered and either elected or receive at least 4% of the formal first preference votes are eligible to receive public funding for elections.
Parties with endorsed members of Parliament and independent elected members are eligible for public funding for administrative expenses.
Funding is a reimbursement scheme.
All parties, elected members, candidates, groups and third-party campaigners must disclose donations and expenditure on a financial year basis.
Parties, candidates, groups and third-party campaigners must register for election funding, expenditure and disclosure purposes and appoint an official agent or party agent.
Disclosure.
No funding.
Interesting and Particular
Feature(s)
How-to-vote cards distributed on election day must be registered.
Registration of parties.
How-to-vote cards distributed on election day must be registered.
Issue of "Candidate Information Sheets".
Registration of Parties.

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