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Council Election

Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia. The community elects their Council Members every four years and the next periodic elections will occur in 2018. With nearly 360,000 people participating by voting in 2014 state wide, Council elections are the biggest single voluntary civic participation activity in the State.

Enrolment for the 2018 Council Elections close at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018.

2018 Councils Elections Timetable

Roll Close 5pm Fri 10 August 2018
Nominations Open Tuesday 4 September 2018
Nominations Close 12 noon Tuesday 18 September 2018
Caretaker Period 18 September to Close of Election
Mail Out of Voting Materials Monday 22 to Friday 26 October 2018

Close of Voting 

5pm Friday 9 November 2018

Enrol to Vote

The voters’ roll for council elections consists of two components – the House of Assembly (State) roll, and the Council supplementary roll.

If you are on the House of Assembly roll you will automatically receive a voting pack mailed to your registered address.

If you have moved house or changed your name, you will need to complete a Change of Details Form, available at your local Post Office, the Electoral Commission of SA or online at the Australian Electoral Commission

If you are not enrolled on the House of Assembly roll you may still be eligible to register on the Council Supplementary Roll if:

  • You have been a resident at your current address for one month and are not on the State Electoral Roll;
  • You are a sole owner/occupier of rateable property;
  • You are NOT an Australian Citizen but you have been a resident at your current address for one month;
  • You are a landlord for rateable property;
  • You are an organisation/business owner or occupier of rateable property;
  • You are a group of owners or occupiers of rateable property.

Re-enrol to Vote

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, there is a requirement to purge the Council supplementary roll on 1 January of every election year. All landlords, business lessees and resident non-Australian citizens are removed from the council voters roll (with the exception of City of Adelaide) and must re-enrol to be able to vote.
If you have been removed from the roll under these provisions, you must re-enrol before the roll close deadline at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018, otherwise you will be unable to vote in the 2018 elections.

Enrolment for the 2018 council elections close at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018.

Form 1 - Natural Person: Resident, Sole Owner or Sole Occupier (827 kb)

(Use this Application for Enrolment when owner or occupier is a person.) 

Form 2 - Body Corporate: Sole Owner or Sole Occupier (633 kb)

(Use this Application for Enrolment for a Body Corporate, a designated person is required to vote on behalf of the Body Corporate.) 

Form 3: Group Owners or Group Occupiers (491 kb)

(Use this Application for Enrolment for property owned or occupied by more than one person and/or a business/organisation. A designated person is required to vote on behalf of the Group.)

Note: The above forms can be completed electronically but must be printed for witnessing and signature.


Nominating as a Candidate

If you are eligible to vote in your local Council elections, you are probably eligible to stand for a position on Council.

Becoming a member of Council is one of the most rewarding and direct ways that you can contribute to your community and influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area.

With very few exceptions (such as being an undischarged bankrupt, or being disqualified from holding office by a court order), you can nominate for a position on Council regardless of qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession.   In fact, Councils actively encourage nominations from people from diverse backgrounds to ensure that a wide range of views are being represented.

Nomination Process

Nominations for the 2018 Local Government Elections open on Tuesday 4 September 2018 and close Tuesday 18 September 2018 at 12pm sharp.  Nomination Forms and Candidate Information Packs are expected to be available in September 2018. 

Please contact our Customer Contact Team if you would like to register your interest in obtaining further information once it becomes available.

As part of your nomination, you will also need to lodge a 150-word candidate profile and a ‘head and shoulders’ photograph no longer than 12 months only, which will be published on a candidates’ website.

Candidate Resources

The Local Government Association (LGA) will be running FREE training sessions for individuals interested in obtaining further information prior to nomination.

The sessions will be run from Local Government Association SA, 148 Frome Street, ADELAIDE:

  • Saturday 28 July 2018 from 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 31 July 2018 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm

The sessions will cover the following topics:

  • The role and functions of a Council
  • Relationship between Councils and other spheres of government
  • Role of an Elected Member
  • Allowances and expenses
  • Legal responsibilities
  • How elections are conducted
  • Eligibility and the process of nomination
  • Campaigning for elections

Further information can be obtained by contacting the LGA on 8224 2000.

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association SA will also be holding a session encouraging women to nominate.

This free session will be run from City of Charles Sturt, 72 Woodville Road, WOODVILLE:

  • Saturday 2 June 2018 from 10am to 12pm

Registration to attend this session can be made online by following the link below.

Additional candidate resources and material will be made available on our webpage as it becomes available.

Nominations for the 2018 Local Government Elections open Tuesday 4 September 2018 and close at 12pm on Tuesday 18 September 2018.



Voting in the 2018 council elections

Voting in council elections is done by post.

If you are on the state (House of Assembly) electoral roll or have completed a enrolment to join the supplementary roll, you will receive a voting pack in the mail in late October 2018.

The ballot paper in your voting pack will show the candidates standing for election in your council ward. To find out more about each of the candidates and what they stand for go to the council elections candidates website, then complete your ballot paper and return it in the reply paid envelope.

Votes must be received before 5pm Friday 9 November 2018.

Get involved and make a difference Local democracy is an important feature of life in Australia, and councils have a far greater influence on communities than most people appreciate.

Make a difference by participating in your council election.

The Electoral Commission of South Australia or the Local Government Association of South Australia also provide information in relation to the upcoming elections. 


Local Government Elections 2018

Note: Under the Local Government (Elections) Act, the Electoral Commissioner of SA (ECSA) is the Returning Officer for all Council elections.


Authorised by Paul Sutton, CEO, City of Charles Sturt, 72 Woodville Road, Woodville SA 5011. 

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