Community Poll & Referendum

Every four years Council has the option to conduct a non-compulsory Community Poll, and/or a Constitutional Referendum - in conjunction with the Local Government Election.

Approximately six months out from the election Council invites North Sydney residents and ratepayers to propose poll questions, which require a yes/no response from voters. The poll questions allow Council to obtain community feedback on a range of issues.

Since 1983 Council has determined a number of poll questions.

Council did not ask poll questions in 2012 and 2017 (Constitutional referendums instead), nor in 2021.


Here is a summary of poll questions and referendums asked since 1983 onwards, plus the yes/no count and percentages.

Summary of Poll and Referendums (207KB)


All proposed poll questions received from the public are presented to Council for consideration.

The NSW Electoral Commission has the final say over the format and content of all poll questions.

It should be noted that councils are not compelled to implement the matters included in poll questions, a poll may be taken for guidance of Council only. Therefore in determining whether to conduct a poll, Council should take into consideration how the data collected will be used to inform policy direction, corporate and strategic planning and/or lobbying priorities.


For more information contact the Manager of Governance & Committee Services on 9936 8100.

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