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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 Coucnil 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 done 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 have moved house or changed your name, you need to complete a new enrolment form, available at your local Post Office or Electoral Commission of SA by clicking here enrol for council elections

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

If you are a landlord, business lessee or resident non - Australian citizen and you wish to vote in Council elections you must enrol by completing an enrolment form, available below.

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 and must re-enrol to be able to vote.

FORM 1 - Resident not on the state electoral roll or a sole owner or sole occupier (where owner or occupier is a person) 

FORM 2 - Business or Organisation (Body Corporate) - Sole owner / Occupier

FORM 3 - Group owners or occupiers

Enrolment for the 2018 Council elections closes 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.
 
If you are interested in representing the people of your community on Council, the Electoral Commission of SA and the Local Government Association (LGA SA) provide a range of resources to help you understand the role and responsibilities of being a councillor and more details and links are provided here.

 

Voting

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. 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.

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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