This is a list of local government areas (LGAs) in New South Wales, sorted by region. As of January 2022 there were 128 local government areas in New South Wales,[1] listed below in alphabetical order by region. There is also the Unincorporated Far West Region which is not part of any local government area, in the sparsely inhabited Far West, and Lord Howe Island, which is also unincorporated but self-governed by the Lord Howe Island Board.

Norfolk Island Regional Council also subject to the state-level legislation of New South Wales.

Maps showing local government areas in New South Wales

Local government areas sorted by region

Greater metropolitan Sydney

Local government area Date established Area[2] Population[2] Map
Borough / District / Municipality / Shire City km2 sq mi Rank 2018 Rank
Bayside Council 13 January 1871 (1871-01-13) (as Rockdale Municipality)
29 March 1888 (1888-03-29) (as Borough of Botany)
9 September 2016 (2016-09-09)[3] 50 19 113 174,378 15
Blacktown City Council 6 March 1906 (Shire)[4] 7 March 1979 (1979-03-07) 240 93 103 366,534 2
Burwood, Municipality of 27 March 1874[5] n/a 7.1 2.7 127 39,886 54
Camden Council 6 February 1889[6] n/a 201 78 104 94,159 27
Campbelltown, City of 21 January 1882[7] 4 May 1968 (1968-05-04) 312 120 97 168,139 17
Canada Bay, City of 11 August 1883 (Municipal District of Concord)[8]
18 January 1890 (Borough of Drummoyne)
December 2000 (2000-12) 20 7.7 120 95,159 26
Canterbury-Bankstown, City of 17 March 1879 (1879-03-17) (Municipal District of Canterbury)
7 September 1895 (1895-09-07) (Municipal District of Bankstown)
12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[9] 110 42 108 373,931 1
Cumberland City Council 9 July 1872 (1872-07-09)
(as the Prospect and Sherwood Municipal District)
12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[10] 72 28 112 236,893 7
Fairfield, City of 11 December 1888 (1888-12-11)
(as the Smithfield and Fairfield Municipal District)
18 May 1979 (1979-05-18) 102 39 109 210,612 11
Georges River Council 22 December 1885 (1885-12-22)
(as the Kogarah municipality)
12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[11] 38 15 115 158,411 19
Hornsby Shire 6 March 1906 (1906-03-06)[4] n/a 455 176 92 150,752 21
Hunter's Hill, Municipality of 7 January 1861[12] n/a 5.7 2.2 128 14,909 76
Inner West Council 1 November 1861 (1861-11-01) (Municipality of Marrickville)
28 December 1871 (1871-12-28) (Borough of Ashfield)
29 December 1871 (1871-12-29) (Municipal District of Leichhardt)
12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[13] 35 14 117 198,024 14
Ku-ring-gai Council 1906 (shire),[4] 1928 (municipality) n/a 85 33 110 126,046 23
Lane Cove Council 11 February 1895 (Borough of Lane Cove)[14] n/a 11 4.2 123 39,486 59
Liverpool, City of 27 June 1872 (1872-06-27) (municipal district) 9 November 1960 (1960-11-09) 306 118 99 223,304 9
Mosman Council 11 April 1893
(as Borough of Mosman)[15]
n/a 8.7 3.4 126 30,877 59
North Sydney Council 31 July 1890 (as Borough of North Sydney)[16] n/a 11 4.2 123 74,172 34
Northern Beaches Council 6 January 1877 (1877-01-06) (Manly Municipality)
7 March 1906 (1906-03-07) (as Warringah Shire)[4]
1 May 1992 (1992-05-01) (as Pittwater Municipality)
12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[17] 254 98 102 271,278 4
Parramatta, City of 27 November 1861 (1861-11-27) (municipality) 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[18] 84 32 111 251,311 5
Penrith, City of 12 May 1871 (1871-05-12) (municipality)[19] 21 October 1959 (1959-10-21) 405 156 93 209,210 12
Randwick, City of 23 February 1859[20] 1 July 1990[21] 36 14 116 154,265 20
Ryde, City of 12 November 1870 (1870-11-12) (municipal district) 1 January 1992 (1992-01-01) 41 16 114 127,446 22
Strathfield, Municipality of 2 June 1885 (1885-06-02) n/a 14 5.4 121 45,143 49
Sutherland Shire 6 March 1906 (1906-03-06)[4] n/a 334 129 96 229,213 8
Sydney, City of 20 July 1842 (1842-07-20)[22] 27 10 118 240,229 6
The Hills Shire 6 March 1906 (1906-03-06)[4]
(as Baulkham Hills Shire)
n/a 386 149 95 172,473 16
Waverley, Municipality of 16 June 1859 (1859-06-16)[23] n/a 9.4 3.6 125 74,114 35
Willoughby, City of 23 October 1865[24] 17 November 1989[25] 22 8.5 119 80,339 31
Woollahra, Municipality of 20 April 1860 (1860-04-20)[26] n/a 12 4.6 122 58,964 43

Sydney surrounds

Local government area Date established Area[2] Population[2] Map
Borough / District / Municipality City km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Blue Mountains, City of 4 January 1889 (1889-01-04)
(as the Municipality of Katoomba)[27]
1 October 1947 (1947-10-01) 1,431 553 82 79,260 32
Central Coast Council 11 November 1886
(as Borough of Gosford)
1947 (as Wyong Shire)[28]
12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[29] 1,681 649 78 342,047 3
Hawkesbury, City of 1843
(as Windsor District Council)
1989[30] 2,775 1,071 69 67,083 38
Wollondilly Shire 6 March 1906[4] n/a 2,555 986 71 52,230 46

Rural and regional areas

Mid North Coast

Local government area Date established Area[2] Population[2] Map
Shire / Municipality City km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Bellingen Shire 30 November 1956[31] 1,600 620 79 12,963 83
Clarence Valley Council 25 February 2004[32] 10,429 4,027 18 51,647 47
Coffs Harbour, City of 30 November 1956 (Shire) 1 May 1987[31][33] 1,174 453 85 76,551 33
Kempsey Shire 11 June 1886 (Borough)[34] 3,376 1,303 62 29,665 62
Nambucca Valley Council 15 December 1915[35] 1,491 576 81 19,773 70
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council 15 March 1887 (municipal) (1887 (municipal)-03-15)[36] 3,682 1,422 56 83,131 30
Lord Howe Island 1913 (Board of Control), 1954 (Board)[37] 15 5.8 382[38]

Murray

Local government area Date established Area[2] Population[2] Map
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Albury, City of 4 June 1859
(as Municipality)[39]
1946[40] 306 118 98 53,767 44
Balranald Shire 27 September 1882[41] n/a 21,691 8,375 6 2,340 126
Berrigan Shire 6 March 1906[4] n/a 2,066 798 74 8,707 97
Edward River Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[42] n/a 8,884 3,430 24 8,995 94
Federation Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[43] n/a 5,685 2,195 40 12,462 86
Greater Hume Shire 26 May 2004[44] n/a 5,750 2,220 39 10,686 90
Murray River Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[45] n/a 11,864 4,581 15 12,118 87
Wentworth Shire 23 January 1879 (1879-01-23) (municipality),[46]
xxxx (shire)
n/a 26,256 10,137 4 7,042 101

The Riverina

Local government area Date established Area[2] Population[2] Map
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Bland Shire 6 March 1906[4] n/a 8,558 3,304 28 5,985 109
Carrathool Shire 27 October 1943[47] n/a 18,935 7,311 8 2,802 122
Coolamon Shire 6 March 1906[4] n/a 2,431 939 73 4,368 114
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[48] n/a 3,981 1,537 54 11,260 89
Griffith, City of 6 January 1928 (1928-01-06) 1 January 1982 (1982-01-01) 1,639 633 78 26,882 63
Hay Shire 1 January 1965[49]

10 June 1872 (as Municipality)

n/a 11,326 4,373 16 2,979 121
Junee Shire 26 July 1886 (Borough)[50] n/a 2,030 780 75 6,631 103
Leeton Shire 20 December 1927

(Willimbong Shire)[51]

n/a 1,167 451 86 11,438 88
Lockhart Shire 6 March 1906[4] n/a 2,896 1,118 66 3,295 119
Murrumbidgee Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[52] n/a 6,881 2,657 34 3,961 117
Narrandera Shire 1 January 1960 (1960-01-01) n/a 4,116 1,589 52 5,931 110
Snowy Valleys Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[53] n/a 8,959 3,459 23 14,532 78
Temora Shire 1 January 1981 n/a 2,802 1,082 68 6,274 105
Wagga Wagga, City of 15 March 1870 (Borough)[54] 1 January 1981 (1981-01-01) 4,825 1,863 48 64,820 39

Greater Metropolitan Newcastle and Hunter

Local government area Date established Area[2] Population[2] Map
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Cessnock, City of 7 March 1906 (shire)[56] n/a 1,965 759 76 59,101 42
Dungog Shire 16 May 1893[57] n/a 2,250 870 73 9,346 93
Lake Macquarie, City of 1906 (Shire); 1977 (municipality) 7 September 1984 (1984-09-07) 649 251 89 204,914 13
Maitland, City of 12 March 1862
(as Municipality of East Maitland)
7 December 1945[58] 392 151 94 83,203 29
Mid-Coast Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[59] n/a 10,054 3,882 19 93,288 28
Muswellbrook Shire 13 April 1870
(Municipal District of Musclebrook)[60]
n/a 3,405 1,315 61 16,383 75
Newcastle, City of 8 June 1859 (Municipality)[61] 26 January 1848[62] 187 72 105 164,104 18
Port Stephens Council 7 March 1906 (Shire)[4] n/a 858 331 87 72,695 36
Singleton Council 2 February 1866 (Municipality)[63] n/a 4,893 1,889 46 23,422 65
Upper Hunter Shire 26 May 2004 (2004-05-26)[44] n/a 8,096 3,126 29 14,220 79

Illawarra

Local government area Date established Area[2] Population[2] Map
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Kiama, Municipality of 1859 (municipality) n/a 258 100 101 23,006 67
Shellharbour, City of 4 June 1859 (1859-06-04) (municipality) May 1996 147 57 107 72,240 37
Shoalhaven, City of 1 July 1948 (1948-07-01) (shire) 13 July 1979 (1979-07-13)[64] 4,567 1,763 50 104,371 24
Wingecarribee Shire 1 January 1981 (1981-01-01) n/a 2,689 1,038 70 50,493 48
Wollongong, City of 24 August 1843 (1843-08-24)
(as Illawarra District Council)
11 September 1942 (1942-09-11) 684 264 88 216,071 10

Richmond-Tweed

Local government area Date established Area[2] Population[2] Map
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Ballina Shire 1976 (1976) n/a 485 187 91 44,208 50
Byron Shire 6 March 1906 (1906-03-06)[4] n/a 566 219 90 34,574 57
Kyogle Council 6 March 1906
(Shire)[4]
n/a 3,584 1,384 58 8,870 96
Lismore, City of 1879 (municipality)[65] 9 September 1946 (1946-09-09) 1,288 497 84 43,843 51
Richmond Valley Council February 2000 (2000-02) n/a 3,047 1,176 65 23,399 66
Tweed Shire 1 January 1947 (1947-01-01) n/a 1,308 505 83 96,108 25

South East Region

Local government area Date
established
Area[2] Population[2] Map
km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Bega Valley Shire 1981[66] 6,279 2,424 35 34,348 58
Eurobodalla Shire 1913 3,428 1,324 59 38,288 56
Goulburn Mulwaree Council 2004 3,220 1,240 64 30,852 60
Hilltops Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[67] 7,141 2,757 32 18,782 71
Queanbeyan–Palerang Regional Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[68] 5,319 2,054 42 59,959 41
Snowy Monaro Regional Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[69] 15,164 5,855 10 20,733 69
Upper Lachlan Shire 17 March 2004[70] 7,127 2,752 33 7,961 98
Yass Valley Council 1 January 1980 (1980-01-01) (shire);
11 February 2004 (2004-02-11) (municipality)
3,995 1,542 53 16,953 73

Northern

Local government area Date
established
Area[2] Population[2] Map
km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Armidale Regional Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 8,621 3,329 26 30,707 61
Glen Innes Severn Council 15 September 2004
17 June 1872 (Municipal District of Glen Innes)[71]
5,480 2,120 41 8,908 95
Gunnedah Shire 19 September 1885
(Municipal District)[72]
4,987 1,925 45 12,661 85
Gwydir Shire 17 March 2004 (2004-03-17)[70] 9,260 3,580 22 5,349 112
Inverell Shire 5 March 1872
(Municipal District)[73]
8,597 3,319 27 16,844 74
Liverpool Plains Shire 17 March 2004[70] 5,082 1,962 44 7,893 99
Moree Plains Shire 5 December 1890
(Municipal District of Moree)[74]
17,907 6,914 9 13,350 81
Narrabri Shire 28 September 1895
(Municipal District of West Narrabri)[75]
13,015 5,025 13 13,231 81
Tamworth Regional Council 17 March 2004
(as Peel Regional)[70]
9,884 3,816 21 59,663 40
Tenterfield Shire 23 November 1871
(Municipal District)[76]
7,323 2,827 31 6,638 102
Uralla Shire 24 April 1882
(Municipal District)[77]
3,227 1,246 63 6,062 107
Walcha Shire 1 June 1955 (1955-06-01)[78] 6,261 2,417 36 3,132 120

Central West

Local government area Date established Area[2] Population[2] Map
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Bathurst Regional 26 May 2004 (2004-05-26)[44] n/a 3,818 1,474 55 43,206 52
Blayney Shire 1 November 1882[79] n/a 1,525 589 80 7,342 100
Cabonne Shire 1 October 1977[80] n/a 6,022 2,325 37 13,680 80
Cowra Shire 1980 (1980) n/a 2,829 1,092 67 12,767 84
Forbes Shire 4 June 1870[81] (as Municipal District) n/a 4,710 1,820 49 9,910 91
Lachlan Shire 6 March 1906[4] n/a 14,964 5,778 11 6,151 106
Lithgow, City of 4 June 1889 (Municipality)[82] 21 December 1945[83] 4,512 1,742 51 21,636 68
Mid-Western Regional 26 May 2004 (2004-05-26)[44] n/a 8,752 3,379 25 25,086 64
Oberon Shire 6 March 1906[4] n/a 3,625 1,400 57 5,408 111
Orange, City of 9 January 1860 (Municipality)[84] 10 July 1946 284 110 100 42,056 53
Parkes Shire 1 March 1883 (as Municipal District)[85] n/a 5,958 2,300 38 14,894 77
Weddin Shire 6 March 1906[4] n/a 3,415 1,319 60 3,636 118

North Western

Local government area Date
established
Area[2] Population[2] Map
km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Bogan Shire 1891 (municipality); 1906 (shire)[4] 14,600 5,600 12 2,621 125
Bourke Shire 4 July 1878[86] 41,600 16,100 3 2,630 124
Brewarrina Shire 15 January 1901[87] 19,164 7,399 7 1,655 128
Cobar Shire 18 March 1884[88] 45,579 17,598 2 4,722 113
Coonamble Shire 3 May 1880[89] 9,916 3,829 20 4,014 116
Dubbo Regional Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[90] 7,535 2,909 30 53,240 45
Gilgandra Shire 6 March 1906[4] 4,832 1,866 47 4,226 115
Narromine Shire 23 April 1898[91] 5,262 2,032 43 6,567 104
Walgett Shire 6 March 1906[4] 22,308 8,613 5 6,051 108
Warren Shire 24 April 1895[92] 10,754 4,152 17 2,745 123
Warrumbungle Shire 25 August 2004[93] 12,372 4,777 14 9,399 92

Far West

Local government area Date established Area[2] Population[2] Map
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 Rank (2018) Rank
Broken Hill, City of 24 September 1888[94] 170 66 106 17,734 72
Central Darling Shire 20 March 1959[95]
6 February 1883 (as Municipal District of Wilcannia)[96]
n/a 53,492 20,653 1 1,837 127
Unincorporated Far West n/a 93,199 35,984 674

Former local government areas in New South Wales

For a more comprehensive list, see List of former local government areas in New South Wales.

See also

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