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Council Elections

The community elects their Council Members (including the Mayor) every four years and the next general elections will take place in November 2018. 

Under the Local Government (Elections) Act, the Electoral Commissioner of SA (ECSA) is the returning officer for all Council elections.


Key dates for the 2018 local government election

 2018 council elections timetable

 Roll close

 5pm, Friday 10 Aug 2018

 Nominations Open

 Tuesday 4 Sept 2018

 Nominations Close

 12 noon, Tuesday 18 Sept 2018

 Mail out of voting materials

 Monday 22 - Friday 26 Oct 2018

 Close of voting

 5pm, Friday 9 Nov 2018


Interested in becoming a Councillor?

Generally anyone who is over 18 years old, an Australian Citizen and on the voters roll can stand as a candidate in Local Government elections.

Council members play a vital role in local community leadership.  Councillors contribute their thoughts and ideas within a decision-making body that:

  • Decides on strategic and financial plans for the local area;
  • Ensures Council resources are used fairly for the benefit of the community and
  • Talks to local people about their views and ideas for the area
  • Communicates to the community and other stakeholders about key local issues.

 If you are interested in representing the people in your community on Council, the Electoral Commission of SA (ECSA) and the Local Government Association of SA (LGA) provide a range of resources to help you understand the role and responsibilities. 


Enrolling to vote

Council’s voters roll is made up of the House of Assembly roll and Council’s 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 new enrolment form, available at your local Post Office or at www.ecsa.sa.gov.au

If you are 18 years and over and not on the State Electoral roll (House of Assembly roll) you may be eligible to register on the Council’s supplementary roll.  Please refer to the LGA website below for details.

Enrolment forms will be available from the website and council office soon, please check back or contact Council’s Rates Officer on (08) 8551 0500 after 1 February 2018.


More information?

Local Government Association of SA: Local Government Elections

  • Enrolling to vote
  • Refreshing the voters’ roll and eligibility
  • Nomination as a candidate for election
  • Nomination process
  • Legislative framework
  • Previous Council election information


Electoral Commission of South Australia: ECSA

  • Voting in Council Elections
  • Completing ballot papers
  • Candidates
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