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Elections - General Information

Local Government Elections

Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia. The community elects their Council Members every four years and the next Council Elections will be held in November 2018.

Unlike State and Federal elections, it is not compulsory to vote in South Australian Council elections and all voting is carried out by post. Enrolled voters receive a voting package through the mail and return their votes in a reply paid envelope.

The rules for elections are set out in the  Local Government (Elections) Act 1999  - an act of the South Australian Parliament.


Key dates

Elections 2018 dates


Enrolling 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 are not enrolled on the House of Assembly roll you may be eligible to register on the Council supplementary roll if:

  • You have been 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

Visit the Electoral Commission of South Australia website for more information on enrolling to vote in Council elections.

Enrolment for the 2018 Council elections closed at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018. 

Nominating as a Councillor

Becoming a Councillor is one of the most direct ways that you can influence decisions that affect the quality of life in your local area.

Nominations closed at 12 noon, 18 September 2018.
A list of Council candidates in ballot paper order can be accessed here, and the Local Govenment Association of South Australia will provide details on all candidates in early October here.


Voting in council elections is carried out 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. 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.

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.

More information on voting in the Council Election is available here.

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


All material on this website is authorised by Rod Pearson, CEO, District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula, PO Box 41, Cummins, SA 5631


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