Councils are part of the democratic framework of Australia and the community gets the chance to elect its Council Members every four years. The next Council Elections will happen in November 2018.
Local Government elections provide an opportunity to elect representatives who aspire, through the decisions they will be empowered to make on behalf of the community, to contribute to effective local government.
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.
2018 Councils Elections Timetable
Most people who are on the council voters roll can stand for election.
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.
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.
The LGA (SA) and local councils will also run information seminars for candidates during July and August 2018. Details of seminars in Marion and nearby will be available on this website.
These Guidelines operated to provide a general approval to authorise the placement or affixation of moveable signs, advertising candidates for election, on a road or onto infrastructure on a road.
A total of seven elections will be held within the City of Marion in the 2018 elections; one for the Mayor and one for each of the six wards.
Information about current wards and boundaries
Voting in council elections is done by post.
If you are on the state (House of Assembly) electoral roll or have completed an 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.
All Local Government elections are conducted using the counting system known as proportional representation. In summary, a candidate is elected when a quota or predetermined proportion of the total number of formal ballot papers cast is obtained.
To find out more about the elections and how the voting system works, visit the Electoral Commission SA's Council Election Fact Page.