Post Consent Certification Applications (Construction Certificates)

Once you have lodged your Development Application or Complying Development Certificate, you have the opportunity to lodge a post-consent certificate; however, these applications will not be determined until the Development Application or Complying Development Certificate has been determined. These include:

  1. Construction Certificate Application,
  2. Occupation Certificate Application and
  3. Subdivision Certificate Application.

The table below shows which applications are required for different application types.

Construction Certificate ApplicationPrincipal Certifier AgreementOccupation Certificate ApplicationSubdivision Certificate Application
Complying Development CertificateYes
Lodged at the time of application through the Portal
Lodged as a Post-Consent application via the Portal
Development Application
(New building works)
Lodged at the time of application through the Portal
Lodged as a Post-Consent application via the Portal
Development Application
(New subdivision works)
Development Application
(No building works)
Lodged as a Post-Consent application via the Portal

Lodge your Post Consent Certificate Documentation

A Post Consent Certificate may be required for building works and for subdivision works. You can either:

  • Wait until you have a development consent issued, or
  • Lodge your applications after, or at the same time, you have made an application for a Development Application or Complying Development Certificate. The process for each is outlined below:

Building works

Council offers certification services for all new, and alterations to, residential and commercial projects.

If you wish to appoint Wentworth Shire Council as your certifier, you will be required to lodge the following post-consent applications via the portal:

  1. Construction Certificate Application, and
  2. Occupation Certificate Application.

Lodgement of these applications can be made before the determination of a Development Application; however, these applications will not be determined until the Development Application has been determined.

The appointment of Council as the Principal Certifier requires the completion of the Contract for the Performance of Certification Work, generally signed by the landowners and Council.

Council will provide you with a contract agreement for your completion following notification that you have lodged your Construction Certificate Application.

You will also be required to lodge an application on the Portal to appoint a Principal Certifier.

The contract, once signed by the landowners, is to be uploaded to the Planning Portal with the Construction Certificate or Complying Development Certificate application as a supporting document.

Subdivision or Civil works

A Subdivision Certificate is required for subdivision and civil works. Wentworth Shire Council can approve Subdivision Certificates for these works.

An application for Subdivision works will require the following post-consent application to be lodged:

  1. Subdivision Certificate Application.

Lodgement of these applications can be made before the determination of a Development Application; however, these applications will not be determined until the Development Application has been determined.

Application Fees for Construction Certificates

Application fees will be calculated by Council staff and provided to you in writing after we’ve received your application. Council aims to email you a fee estimate within 48 hours of receiving notification of the application being lodged. The assessment of your Construction Certificate will not commence until all outstanding fees have been paid, and the Development Application has been determined.

Reminder: the Census is coming

Census night is on Tuesday 10 August 2021.

Paper forms should now have been delivered to households in some rural and regional areas.

By early August, households will receive instructions on how to take part.

This year you can complete your Census as soon as you receive your instructions, if you know who will be home on Census night. This is different to past years when you had to fill in your form on Census night.

Census staff will be working in remote communities. They can do face to face interviews with people living there between July and August 2021.

You can fill in your form online, on paper or with help from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Key dates

  • Late July 2021 – paper forms will be delivered to households in some rural and regional areas
  • By early August 2021 – Households receive instructions on how to take part
  • 10 August 2021 – Census night
  • After Census night – Households who have not responded will receive reminder letters and visits from Census staff
  • Late August 2021 – Field staff start visiting households that have not responded
  • June 2022 onwards – Release of 2021 Census data starts.

Wentworth Shire Council urges farmers to participate in Agricultural Census

NSW councils are urging farmers to participate in the Agricultural Census to provide an accurate and timely picture of the nation’s agricultural activity.

From July, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be asking farmers about their agricultural production, land and water use in 2020-21.

Amanda Clark, Head of ABS Agriculture Statistics, said farmers’ participation was critical to ensure statistics accurately reflected the reality of what was happening in the agricultural sector.

“Farmers have been through so much in the past year: drought, flood, pests and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19,” Ms Clark said.

“The Agricultural Census will provide information that can help government and industry understand and support the agriculture industry through challenging periods and into the future.

“The ABS values the time it takes to participate in the Agricultural Census.

“We’ve listened to feedback and made changes to the survey. It’s simpler to complete and farmers can choose whether to respond online or with a paper form.”

Agricultural Census forms will be sent to farmers, who should complete and return the survey by 5 August 2021.

Council services update

Council wishes to advise its Shire Offices at Adelaide Street, Wentworth, and the Midway Centre Buronga, as well as its libraries and the Visitor Information Centre, are now closed to the public due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

NSW 2021 COVID-19 Business Grants – applications open

If you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you’ve been impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for a one-off grant of $7,500, $10,500 or $15,000.

The 2021 COVID-19 business grant provides support for businesses that experienced reduced demand or had to close due to the public health orders. It will support businesses with cash flow for the first 3 weeks of the Greater Sydney lockdown which started on 26 June 2021.

Apply here

Applications will close at 11:59pm on 13 September 2021.

To be eligible for the grant, you must:

  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • demonstrate your business was operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021
  • have had total annual Australian wages of $10 million or less as at 1 July 2020
  • have had an aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020
  • have business costs for which there is no other government support available
  • maintain your employee headcount as at 13 July 2021.

See the guidelines for definitions.

Three different grant amounts will be available depending on the decline in turnover experienced over a minimum 2-week period from 26 June 2021 to 17 July 2021, compared to the same period in 2019:

  • $7,500 for a decline of 30% or more
  • $10,500 for a decline of 50% or more
  • $15,000 for a decline of 70% or more.

Businesses and not-for-profit organisations on the NSW border with Victoria impacted by the stay-at-home orders that began on 27 May 2021 may use a different comparison period to demonstrate a decline in turnover.

For each of the 3 grant amounts, these businesses must demonstrate a decline in turnover over a minimum 2-week period from 27 May 2021 to 17 July 2021.

Regional Arts NSW hosting a Grant Writing Webinar

Regional Arts NSW (RANSW) will host a Grant Writing Webinar on Friday, 30 July 2021 at 10am EST (Broken Hill 9.30am)

Attendants can register here.

Regional Arts NSW, will be delivering the Grant Writing Webinar to help artists, organisations and arts workers construct applications that stand out from the crowd.

The webinar will be presented by business advisor and creative industries expert Monica Davidson from Creative Plus Business Group. 

With the recent opening of applications for the 2021-2022 Regional Arts Fund and the Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grants, RANSW wants to ensure that all applicants are equipped with the opportunity to learn grant writing skills that will help them to prepare and deliver a successful application.

About the Funding Fundamentals Webinar

Funding and grants are often held up as the holy grail of a successful arts career, but there is no such thing as ‘free’ money. Accessing government and philanthropic funding requires a great deal of work, from preparation to writing applications to delivery and successful acquittal. Funding also means ongoing research and groundwork to be ready for any applications, as well as maintaining the resolve to keep trying after an unsuccessful attempt.

Participants will learn:  

  • The different kinds of funding available
  • Creating a Grant Folder (and being ready for opportunities)
  • Researching Funding and Considering Applications
  • Writing the Proposal – and avoiding the Common Errors
  • Creating a Grant Calendar
  • The Acquittal Process – and how to Recover from Setbacks
  • Five Ways to FAIL at Grants.

The topics are covered with fun, flair and pictures in a relaxed and informal environment. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, share their stories, and get to know each other!

Participants will receive: 

  • A PDF Workbook containing additional materials and tools to support their learning;
  • Lifetime access to a dedicated Funding Dropbox folder full of additional resources and help;
  • Access to additional free resources and suggestions for professional grant assistance.

About the Presenter:
Business advisor and creative industries expert Monica Davidson from the Creative Plus Business Group. Monica is a writer and filmmaker by trade who learned how to run a successful creative business and now shares that knowledge with others. In her workshops Monica discusses her own experiences, and shares examples from the 900-plus people she has mentored through the process of starting and building their creative businesses.

Webinar Details

Participants must register to attend the webinar.

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
Time: 10am– 12pm EST (Broken Hill 9.30am)

NSW Local Government Elections postponed

NSW Local Government Elections have been postponed until 4 December 2021.

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the decision, after extensive consultation with and advice from the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health, has been made in response to the COVID-19 situation.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current Public Health Orders impacting Greater Sydney, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Local Government elections until later this year,” Mrs Hancock said.

“We have taken this step to postpone the election to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities, voters, polling staff and candidates.”

The NSW Government has worked with the Electoral Commission and NSW Health to implement a comprehensive plan to allow voters to cast their ballot safely in person, by post or online.

iVote (electronic voting) will also be available for the first time in the local council elections and the NSW Government has implemented changes to pre-poll to ensure that voters have 13 days to cast their ballot, reducing congestion on polling day.

The NSW Government has made available a total of $57 million for the elections in 2021, including $37 million to deliver them in a COVID safe way.

In this election, 5.2 million voters will cast their ballots as around 5,000 candidates vie for 1,200 councillor positions across 125 local councils.

Nominations will open on Monday 25 October 2021 and close on Wednesday 3 November 2021.

Prospective candidates can find more information at the Office of Local Government website at

Wentworth Shire Council elections were initially to be be held this year on 4 September after the elections scheduled for 12 September 2020 were postponed due to coronavirus restrictions.

Free construction skillset

TAFE NSW Coomealla Campus is running a free Construction skillset for any NSW resident or someone that works within NSW.

The course will be delivered face to face at the Coomealla Campus, starting on 17 August for two weeks. (All things permitted by COVID restrictions at the time)

This skillset will educate a learner to be able to handle standard tools and equipment so as to conduct basic repairs and DIY construction projects. This course is ideal for anyone that likes to work with their hands.

Enquire now: call 03 5019 8700 or email

Extension to Wentworth preschool

Tender Reference PT2021/10
Closing date 3:00pm Friday 16 July 2021

Wentworth Shire Council is seeking tenders from NSW registered builders for the construction of the new Long Day Care Centre to be included along side the existing Preschool on Murray Street, Wentworth.

Tender documentation will be available from 8:30am Monday 28 June 2021.

Interested parties should contact the Roads and Engineering Department on 03 5027 5027 to request a copy of the tender documentation.