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Key Dates

18 September 2018 / Ballot Draw
The ballot draw will be held at the City of Victor Harbor council office (1 Bay Road, Victor Harbor) at 4pm.

15 October 2018 / Meet the Candidates Forum
Council will host a forum at the Victor Harbor Town Hall that provides the community an opportunity to meet all the candidates standing for the City of Victor Harbor. The forum will commence at 7pm.

22-26 October 2018 / Mailout of Voting Material
The Electoral Commission of SA will commence sending out voting material to eligible voters on Monday, 22 October 2018.

9 November 2018 / Close of Voting
Voting will close at 5pm. All votes must be received by this time.

10 November 2018 / Scrutiny and count
This will be undertaken at the City of Victor Harbor Civic Centre from 9am.

16-17 November / Council member induction
This induction is compulsory for all successful candidates. The induction will include mandatory training, briefings on key areas, tour of the council area, meeting with key council staff, and team development with fellow elected members. The induction will be held at the City of Victor Harbor Civic Centre. A detailed program will be provided to successful candidates following the declaration of successful candidates.

19 November 2018 / Inaugural council meeting
This meeting is where elected members will be sworn in.

26 November 2018 / Ordinary council meeting
Ordinary council business will be considered at this meeting.



The following resources may be helpful for candidates standing in the 2018 council elections.

Candidate Resource BookletThis booklet was prepared by the Local Government Association of SA and contains information for candidates in South Australian council elections

City of Victor Harbor’s Guidelines and General Approval for the placement of Election SignsThese guidelines provide a general approval to authorise the placement or affixation of movable signs (advertising candidates for election) on a road or onto infrastructure on a road owned by relevant authorities. Please read the guidelines before erecting any election signage to ensure the guidelines are fully complied with.

City of Victor Harbor Caretaker PolicyThe City of Victor Harbor’s caretaker period commenced on Tuesday, 18 September 2018 and ends at the conclusion of the election, when results have been declared. The policy sets out the parameters council will operate within during the caretaker period.

Strategic Plans: The City of Victor Harbor has a strategic plan framework in place to help plan for the future and ensure strategic decision making is aligns with the aspirational objectives in Council’s 20 year community vision. These plans include the Community Plan 2036 and Strategic Directions 2016-2020, Long Term Financial Plan, Asset Management Plans and Annual Business Plan.


Questions and Answers

Q. When can candidates put corflute’s up for the council elections?

A. As outlined in the City of Victor Harbor’s Guidelines and General Approval for the Placement and Affixation of Election Signs, corflute signs can go up from 12 October 2018. Please refer to the guidelines for other conditions for the placement of election signs. Corflute signs must be removed within 48 hours of the close of voting.

Q. When can candidates collect a copy of the City of Victor Harbor voters roll?

A. Candidates can request a copy of the City of Victor Harbor voters roll from the close of nominations until the close of voting on 9 November 2018. Requests can be made at the customer service desk at the council office during business hours. Candidates will be required to produce photo identification before the roll is provided.

Q. Where is the City of Victor Harbor boundary?

A. To view the township map of the City of Victor Harbor click here or alternatively visit Property Location Browser web which is an application that allows the community to access up-to-date property information (including electoral boundaries).  To view the City of Victor Harbor electoral boundaries, in the search field, type CITY OF VICTOR HARBOR and press enter.  

Q. How many people/businesses were contacted by the VHCC, by post or email to register to vote in 2014? In other words what is the non-resident voter population in Victor Harbor.

A. The City of Victor Harbor sent 5,955 individual letters with the relevant application form to property owners, who were not on the House of Assembly enrolments. The non-resident voter population is unknown for 2014.

Q. How many registrations (on the supplementary roll) were received by the City of Victor Harbor in 2014?

A. The City of Victor Harbor had 339 enrolments for Councils Supplementary Roll.

Q. For the City of Victor Harbor, how many registered voters actually voted in the 2014 council elections?

A. In the 2014 Local Government Election Report, supplied by the Electoral Commission of South Australia, of the 11,714 enrolled voters 5,910 returned their ballot packs.  This was 50.5% compared to the overall state return of 32%.

Q.  How many eligible voters, who are not on the House of Assembly role, were contacted by the City of Victor Harbor  to register to vote in 2018?

A. The City of Victor Harbor sent 8,172 individually addressed letters with the relevant application form to property owners, who were not on the House of Assembly enrolments.  In addition to this council used existing databases and communication tools to raise awareness about the opportunity to enrol to vote including directly writing to Business Victor Harbor and asking them to share information with their members, direct email to council’s business database (719 subscribers) advising of the opportunity to enrol, an insert in the 4th quarter rates notices, use of Victor Viewpoint, Coast Lines Magazine and Facebook to promote the enrolment period.

Q. Is the Supplementary Roll is those who successfully registered to vote.

A. Yes, the City of Victor Harbor received 263 enrolment applications with 216 accepted enrolments on Council Supplementary Roll.

Q. I have magnetic signs for my car, do these constitute mobile signs and therefore can't go up until four weeks before the polling day?

A. Signs on private property (including motor vehicles) aren’t captured under the Guidelines and General Approval for the Placement or Affixation of Election Signs, nor are they considered as ‘moveable signs’ for the purpose of Council’s by-laws. We consider that such signage is therefore not restricted to the time constraints under the Local Government Act and can be erected prior to 12 October 2018, providing the owner of the vehicle has granted permission for its placement.

Q. Local Government Elections Signs placement that does nor comply (according to Councils inspectors) will be referred to candidates to remove or relocate rather than just torn down?

A. Candidates where possible will be advised if signs are required to be re-positioned or removed in the first instance.  Inspectors will only remove a sign if causing an immediate public safety or the candidate fails to rectify the situation in a timely manner.


Note: Further questions asked by candidates and their answers will be placed on this webpage.


More information?

If you have any further questions please contact our electoral officers on 8551 0500 or localgov@victor.sa.gov.au.


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