Walgett Shire is located in the far north west of NSW and consists of several larger towns and villages and a large rural population. The Shire is on the productive soil plans of NSW and traditional rural pursuits have been farming and grazing.

The area is renowned for its therapeutic artesian bores and as the gateway to the NSW opal fields, including the black opal mining and fossicking town of Lightning Ridge. The Shire is also an important fossil site.

Data for this website has been sourced from Council’s financial statements, Council’s annual report and Council’s data returns. The website also refers to data from a number of agencies and entities. Please refer to the data page of this website for links to definitions, information on performance measures, benchmarks, OLG Groups and the data sources that have been used.

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Contacting Council

77 Fox Street
Walgett NSW 2832
Postal Address:
PO Box 31, Walgett NSW 2832
Phone: 02 6828 1399
Fax: 02 6828 1608

Your Local Government Area

Population (No.) 5,590
Area (Km2) 22,308.30
Council Classification Large Rural
OLG Group 10
State Planning Region Far West
JO Region Far North West

Your Council

Result Group Avg. *
Councillors (No.) 9 9
Population per Councillor (No.) 621 835
Equivalent Full Time Staff (EFT) (No.) 115 117
2021/22 Revenue ($'000) 33,478,000 40,386,783
2021/22 Expenses ($'000) 32,979,000 29,823,217
Residential Pensioner Rebates (%) 19 22
Population Density (residents per Km2) 0 2
* A NSW council group is determined firstly by whether they are Urban or Rural in nature, and then by population size and density. Please refer to OLG Groups in data tab on website for more information on how individual councils are classified. An OLG group average is then calculated by the average of the same group number eg. All Group 5 Regional Towns/City or all Group 8 Rural.

Your Public Facilities

Result Group Avg.
Public Swimming Pool Complexes (inc rock pools) (No.) 7 7
Public Halls (No.) 6 6
Public Libraries (No.) Not recorded 2
Open Public Space (ha) 39 190
Total Road Length (km) 2,376 1,729

Demographics of Population

under 20 years
20 - 59 years
60 years and older

Council population (%)

Group population (%)


population change last 5 years

Source: ABS, Estimated Resident Population (ERP)

Your Local Population

Latest Outcome Group Avg.
Five Year Population Change (%) -9.7 -1.6
Population aged under 20 years (%) 19.2 18.4
Population aged between 20 and 59 years (%) 60.3 57.7
Population aged 60 years and older (%) 20.6 23.9
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (%) 29 9
Speaks language other than English at home (%) 5 4
Socio-Economic Index Rank (1 low, 128 high) 3 44

Council Population Gender

Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Language Diversity

Rest of population

Your local population (%)

Your Local Economy

Result Group Avg.
Unemployment Rate (%) 11.7 4.3
Avg Taxable Income ($) 62,395 50,735
Avg Household Size (No.) 2.3 2.4
Value of DA's determined ($'000) 0 7,028,946
Active Businesses in LGA (No.) 716 860

Largest Industry Employer

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing